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Security forces in Strasbourg have been deployed in the search for the gunman who killed three people and wounded 13 others at a Christmas market last night.

The man has now been identified as 29-year-old local Cherif Chekatt, and there are concerns that the suspect has escaped into Germany.

The French government has since raised the security alert level to emergency and border controls have been highly reinforced.

The attacker was on a known list of extremists who are consistently watched by police, and local officials have confirmed that he is being actively hunted by security forces.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Among the 13 wounded, eight are seriously injured and three of the killed civilians include three Thai tourists.

One of the tourist has been named as 45-year-old Anupong Suebsamarn by the Thai embassy in Paris.

Gunshots were heard just after 8pm in Place Kleber, the market which attracts millions of tourists every year. Crowds of people were forced to flee for their safety.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner early today claimed France had raised its security alert level, and President Emmanuel Macron has tweeted his sympathies for the victims of the terrorist attack.

Cherif Chekatt was being investigated over an attempted murder, according to Sky News sources.

Areas situated near the Christmas market were sealed off last night and residents were being told to stay indoors.

The European Parliament, based in Strasbourg, was also on lockdown.

France’s security forces are already on high alert since 2015 after a series of terror attacks, and are especially stretched due to anti-government protests sweeping the country.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has also tweeted her sincerest sympathies; 

“Shocked and saddened by the terrible attack in Strasbourg. My thoughts are with all of those affected and with the French people."

Soldiers who were patrolling the area as part of regular anti-terror operations apparently wounded the suspect after opening fire, but police sources have confirmed his escape.

At least 350 policeman and gendarmes are now deployed on the ground to aid in the manhunt.

An investigation has been opened by specialist anti-terror prosecutors into the Strasbourg incident, with updates still to come on the progess.

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Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said authorities have identified the person responsible for the terror attack on New Year’s Eve.

Images taken from a selfie video shot by the gunman have been previously been circulated by officials, however Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus has said they now have his fingerprints.

Terrorist group ISIS who claimed responsibility for the attack, branded the gunman “a heroic soldier”.

The name of the gunman has not yet been released, however, according to the Independent UK, it is believed the man was living with his family in Izmir, Turkey for three weeks prior to the attack.

The attack, which was carried out at the Reina nightclub in Instanbul, saw the death of 39 people – many of whom were tourists – while a further 70 people sustained injuries.

 

The Turkish Parliament have extended the country’s state of emergency to “at least” three months, RTÉ have reported.

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Ruby Rose found herself in a seriously scary situation when she came home to find a gunman loose in her back garden.

The Orange is the New Black star posted a video, which has since been deleted, in which Ms Rose could be heard saying, “There are policemen looking for a f***ing gunman and there is a helicopter in my back yard.”

The 29-year-old Aussie star had been updating her fans via her Twitter account, but the posts have since been deleted.

The actress, best known for playing Stella Carlin, tweeted saying “This is petrifying. Helicopters, police, dogs… And a crazy person.”

This was followed with, “Man arrested. Wow. Crazy” and “Annnd now I won’t be watching horror films before bed anymore.”

The fiancé of Roald Dahl’s granddaughter, Phoebe Dahl, had been on a night out with the DJ Skrillex. Ruby had written “When you’re supposed to be on a date with @skrillex but… Something comes up”, before deleting the post.

Thankfully the intruder was captured by the police and everyone remained unharmed.  

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