Four people were killed in a shooting at a Christmas market in France. Police say the identity of the gunman is known.

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 Four people were killed in a shooting at a Christmas market in France. Police say the identity of the gunman is known.


A first aid worker rushed to the scene with a stretcher after a shooting near the Christmas market in Strasbourg. (AFP)

Overseas Network, December 2, by the local government confirmed that the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, near the shooting incident, has caused four deaths and 11 serious injuries. Officials say it may be related to terrorist attacks, and French anti-terrorism authorities have begun investigating the incident.

The map above shows the area where the attack took place.

According to the Daily Mail, the incident took place on the evening of December 11, local time, near a Christmas market in Kleiber Square in central Strasbourg.

Witness Doris Manu told the BBC: Earlier I was hanging out at the Christmas Fair in downtown Strasbourg, and just minutes before the shooting, I passed Kleiber Square. Then I continued walking down the Dome Street, when I saw a group of 10 to 12 soldiers coming towards me, pointing guns at the street and everyone around them running away.

French emergency vehicles entered the scene of the shooting at the Christmas market in Strasbourg. (EPD)

It is not clear whether the target of the attack is the market or whether it is related to terrorism. The French newspaper Le Figaro called the suspect Cherif C, a 29-year-old man who was regarded by several sources as a radical. On Tuesday morning (December 11), the police were ready to go to the suspects house to arrest him, but he was not at home when the police arrived.

Police now say they know the identity of the gunman, who has a criminal record and was wounded and fled the scene by a soldier near the Christmas market after the shootout.

After the shooting, the French Ministry of the Interior appealed to the public to stay indoors. Security officials have blocked the area and trams are now out of operation.

Source: Zhao Yaping_NN9005, Responsible Editor of Overseas Networks