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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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It's been reported that, the brother of the Las Vegas shooter has been detained on suspicion of possession of child pornography.

According to NBC, Bruce Paddock, 58, was arrested at an assisted living centre in North Hollywood, where it's believed he was a resident. 

Aerial video footage showed investigators enter a building in the 5300 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard earlier today.

It's understood that an investigation was underway before his brother, Stephen Paddock, opened fire at a Las Vegas country music festival, killing 58 people.

Authorities are still attempting to determine the motive behind the shooting, which proved to be the deadliest in U.S. History.

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Nine people have been transported to hospital following an active shooter situation at Ohio State University in Columbus.

Shortly before 10am local time, OSU Emergency Management & Fire Prevention issued a “Buckeye Alert” over Twitter encouraging students to “Run Hide Fight”.

 

Campus police advised people to take shelter and avoid the Watts Hall area of the college, where the shooting had been reported.

According to The Huffington Post, multiple students heard gunshots.

 

 

 

 

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