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Tried to apprehend the supposed perpetrator before the shooting

at Least three people were killed when a man started shooting at a christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg.

Twelve persons will be injured. Six of these will be seriously injured, while six will be more easily injured, reports the BBC.

French authorities have created a terroretterforskning after the shooting, but they have not disclosed what they believe was the motive, reports news agency AP. In the night raised the also emergency levels.

the Spokesman for the French military, Patrik Steiger, " says to the news agency that the shooter not fired shots at soldiers patrolling the area, but instead aimed at civilians.

the Shooting started shortly after at 20. After that the perpetrator had fired several shots, he was, according to the Guardian himself shot by the patrolling soldiers. Nevertheless, he managed to jump into a taxi and disappear.

On the loose

the Perpetrator was still at large at 2.30-the time. According to the interior minister Christophe Castaner, hunt 350 police officers and two helicopters on the man.

As the man still is at large, considered the centre of Strasbourg is still unsafe. The police worked, therefore, in the night also to evacuate the thousands of people that were sitting boxed on restaurants, cafes and other places.

The decision there is an urgency for most to take in the night if we are to liberate people that are under lockdown, " says Roald Ries to the TV station BFMTV, which estimates that this applies to hundreds of people, according to NTB.

Shooting at the christmas market in France Not at home

The alleged offender is a 29-year-old who is suspected of a robbery in the summer. The police tried to apprehend him earlier Tuesday. When they visited his home they found explosives, but the suspect was not at home. The man also has a criminal record from the past, the judge in both France and Germany.

29-year-old is also on the French authorities ' list of potential terrorists, says interior minister Christophe Castaner, according to Reuters.

26.000 persons, which are suspected to pose a security risk, is on this list. 10.000 of them are suspected to have been radicalised. Authorities have feared that the people who went to Syria and Iraq to fight for the ICE would come home and carry out terrorist attacks at home.

More terrorist activities

the People of Strasbourg were asked by authorities to stay indoors and to avoid the area around the police station, which is located near the christmas market. Also the european parliament, which is located near the crime scene, was closed.

President Emmanuel Macron, who has experienced massive demonstrations of the last few weeks, canceled a meeting in order to follow the situation in Strasbourg.

Europe and France have been hit by a series of terrorist attacks in the last few years. In 2016 drove a truck into the crowd in Nice and killed more than 80 people. In november 2015 attack terrorists venue Bataclan in Paris. The attack required the 130 lives. Two years ago was a christmas market in Berlin attacked with the truck. Eleven people including the perpetrator were killed.

DIRECT: An unknown number of people are wounded after a shooting at a christmas market in Strasbourg, France. Video: AP Direct Show more

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