UPDATE @ 9.50 AM | FOUR people have been killed and another ten injured after a gunman opened fire near a world-famous Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.
French police have revealed they’re treating the horror mass shooting, which occurred in Place Kléber just after 7pm, as a terrorist act.
According to local media, the gunman has been identified as a 29-year-old man who is reportedly known to security services and is on the country’s intelligence services watch list.
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He remains on the run after being injured in an exchange of gunfire with responding officers.
Residents in the area are being warned not to leave their homes and to follow the instructions of authorities.
The European Parliament, which is sitting in Strasbourg, has also been placed into lockdown.
Additional reporting by Shanee Dobeson.
EARLIER @ 7.40 AM | Two people have been killed and ten more injured after a shooting near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.
Police are on the scene and are searching for the shooter, who ran off.
Officers said the lone gunman struck in different areas around the city before going to the market that attracts millions of people each year.
Security at the Christmas market has been increased this year with unauthorised vehicles banned from nearby streets and bag checks.
France is on high alert since a wave of terrorist attacks commissioned by Islamic State militants in early 2015.
The French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the gunman has been identified and the suspect was known to police before the incident.
The attack comes as the European Parliament currently sits in Strasbourg.
Parliament was put into lockdown with messages sent to various MPs dining in the city saying “please stay inside and don’t go out”.
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