France: Muslim terrorist opens fire at Strasbourg Christmas market – 3 murdered, 11 critically wounded
At least three people have been murdered after a Muslim terrorist opened fire at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.
Twelve people were also critically injured when gunshots were heard just after 7pm near the market in Place Kleber, which attracts millions of tourists each year.
Police armed with machine guns were seen running into the square moments later and it was quickly evacuated.
A desperate manhunt is underway for the Muslim terrorist, identified as a 29-year-old male on a terrorist watch list who was known to authorities for radicalization. He was due to be arrested on Tuesday morning for a previous robbery but was not at home when police arrived to arrest him.
Terror cops and soldiers cornered the terrorist in a shop after the shooting attack – but he slipped through their fingers by hijacking a taxi at gunpoint after been injured in a shootout.
The terrorist was identified by DNA and CCTV images. Reports said grenades were discovered at him home.
The driver of the hijacked taxi, who managed to escape unharmed, told police that the terrorist was injured during his escape.
France has raised its threat level to ‘attack emergency’ – its highest level – after the shooting attack.
Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries said the Muslim terrorist carried out the attack inside a “security zone” surrounding the market in Place Kleber.
The French Interior Ministry has called on the public to remain indoors following the terror attack. Local authorities in the Grand-Est and Bas-Rhin have now advised the public to ‘avoid the area of the police station,’ which is close to the city’s Christmas market.
Shortly after the terror attack, ISIS-affiliated media Al-Taqwa released a propaganda poster. “The era of surprises has begun” the poster reads praising the terror attack and threatening with more mass murders: “Soon in your holidays”.