At least two people have been killed and 11 others injured in a shooting incident in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg, close to one of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets in Europe.
The suspect had engaged police in a shootout before fleeing the scene and is still on the run. According to some reports the assailant was allegedly wounded by Sentinel soldiers, while others suggested he might have injured a police officer
The gunshots were fired close to one of Strasbourg’s Christmas markets at the Kleber Square located right in Strasbourg’s old city, which is a UNESCO world heritage site.
The entire Great Island (Grande Ile), where the historic centre of the city is located, has been cordoned off by the police. All bars and restaurants located in the area have been closed with visitors and tourists asked to stay inside.
The French Interior Ministry has called on the public to remain indoors amid what it called a ‘serious security event’ in the city.
A video posted on social media allegedly shows people injured in the shooting lying on the street.
Following the incident, the city was put on lockdown. As a precaution, the European Parliament building was also closed. The local media reported also that public transport was not working.
The shooter, who is still on the run, has been identified, the French media said, without revealing any details about the suspect.