Injured jihadist on the run after Strasbourg attack

Injured jihadist on the run after Strasbourg attack

The French government spokesman says security forces are trying to catch the suspected shooter dead or alive, two days after an attack near Strasbourg's Christmas market.

Three people were killed in the attack and several others injured, police said. His parents and two brothers are already in custody. A fourth victim has been declared brain-dead.

The U.S. consulate is available to assist any American citizens.

He was also one of 25,000 people on the "S file" security risk - reserved for people suspected of extremism - and had been monitored since 2015.

A police official had earlier said security forces, including the elite Raid squad, had taken action on a "supposition only" that suspect Chekatt could have been hiding in a building in the neighbourhood where Chekatt was last seen. There, he exchanged more gunfire with police and disappeared. "I only learned Anuphong was killed by stray bullets", his cousin Thiraphon Chatchayaworachat said on Wednesday. Another 12 people were wounded in the attack, six of whom were seriously injured.

Witnesses described shots and screams after the gunman opened fire around the Christmas market Tuesday evening.

It has been labelled as a terror investigation.

Morisse said that after the shooting, soldiers guarding the Christmas market shot and wounded the suspect before he escaped.

More than 700 police are involved in the search of Strasbourg, which lies on the west bank of the Rhine river, and the surrounding region.

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Chekatt was born in Strasbourg, according to CNN affiliate BFM.

The Paris prosecutor's office said the fifth, who was arrested Thursday at an undisclosed location, was a member of Chekatt's "entourage" but not a family member.

Young men from the apartment block said they knew him as someone who seemed destabilised by his time in prison. 'You can just tell, ' said one, lightly touching the side of his head. He has an extensive record in France and Germany with 25 cases against him and is considered an "extremist". He served several prison terms in France and Germany for armed robberies.

The Christmas market, known as Christkindelsmärik, attracts around 2 million visitors every year.

The dead included Thai tourist Anupong Suebsamarn, who was 45. It quoted his uncle as saying he and his wife had originally planned to visit Paris, but the protests there prompted them to change plans and go to Strasbourg instead.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said one Italian was among the wounded, in critical condition. The European Parliament was also in session in Strasbourg, adding to the crowds in the city.

France has been on high alert since early 2015 after a wave of attacks commissioned or inspired by ISIS.

French President Emmanuel Macron was in Brussels on Thursday for a European Union summit.

Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries called the shooting a terrorist attack and has instructed residents to stay inside their homes. According to France 24, it's not yet clear whether the motive was terrorism related, and that's under investigation. "The hunt is taking place and the priority is to find this attacker".

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