A gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg has been identified by police as Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt, 29. French interior minister Christophe Castaner said there would be an increased police presence in towns and cities across France and border security would be heightened as the search for Chekatt continues.As well as the three fatalities in Strasbourg, 12 people were injured, several critically, when gunshots were heard followed by screaming just after 8pm near the market in Place Kleber, which attracts millions of tourists each year.Sky sources have confirmed that one of the three victims killed was a Thai tourist. Witnesses earlier said he was shot in the head and did not respond to attempts to revive him.The Thai embassy in Paris named him as 45-year-old Anupong Suebsamarn. it said he had just arrived in Strasbourg and was planning to travel to Paris on Thursday.Police armed with machine guns were seen running into the square moments after the … [Read more...] about Tourist among three killed in Strasbourg Christmas market shooting
Updated 10:51 pm PST, Tuesday, December 11, 2018 Police vehicles move at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018. A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of Strasbourg's famous Christmas market Tuesday, killing three people, wounding 12 and sparking a massive manhunt. France immediately raised its terror alert level. less Police vehicles move at the center of the city of Strasbourg following a shooting, eastern France, Tuesday Dec. 11, 2018. A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of ... more Photo: Jean-Francois Badias, AP Photo: Jean-Francois Badias, AP Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 Police vehicles move at the center of the … [Read more...] about France hunts terror suspect who attacked Christmas market
Sylvie Corbet, Jean-Francois Badias and Elaine Ganley Associated Press Published 10:09 PM EST Dec 11, 2018 Strasbourg, France – A man who had been flagged as a possible extremist sprayed gunfire near the city of Strasbourg’s famous Christmas market Tuesday, killing three people, wounding 12 and sparking a massive manhunt. France immediately raised its terror alert level. It was unclear if the market – a popular gathering place that was the nucleus of an al-Qaida-linked plot in 2000 – was the intended target. The assailant got inside a security zone around the venue and opened fire from there, Mayor Roland Ries said on BFM television. Authorities did not give a motive for the shooting, though prosecutors said they had opened a terrorism investigation. Strasbourg is home to the European Parliament, one of several places that was locked down after the shooting. Authorities said they had identified a suspect, and he had a criminal record. The prefect of the … [Read more...] about Attack at Christmas market in French city kills 3, wounds 12
Viet Nam News HÀ NỘI — The German Christmas Market will be held for the second time at Cửa Bắc Church, offering handicraft gifts and musical performances to local people from December 13-15. Hà Nội’s residents will have a chance to enjoy a festive atmosphere and get into the Christmas spirit through the market, an important folk tradition set up in the traditional German fashion. "We are honoured to host the second Christmas market and Christmas concert," said Reverend Alphonsus Phạm Hùng, Chancellor and Chaplain of the International Catholics in Hà Nội. "It is a big event to provide an opportunity for everyone to gather happily and welcome the Christmas season. It also expresses the cultural relationship between Việt Nam and Germany." The three-day event will feature not only German specialties such as Christmas beer, hot wine and traditional cakes, but will also sell typical German handicraft Christmas … [Read more...] about Cửa Bắc Church hosts Christmas market and concert
A SUSPECTED terrorist attack has occurred near the Strasbourg Christmas market. But where is Strasbourg, and what happened? Here's what we know so far... Where is Strasbourg? Strasbourg is a city in north-east France. It is the capital of the Grand Est region, and the formal seat of the European Parliament. It sits very close to the German border, and Strasbourg Christmas Market is reportedly one of the oldest in Europe. CommentJACOB REES-MOGG Theresa May must end this Carry On farce and quit as PM TOT DEATH OUTCRY Thousands demand harsher sentence for mum and lover who killed 24-day-old MRI PLAN Men at risk of prostate cancer to be spared surgery thanks to 'breakthrough' scan CRASH DEATH Heir to £800m fortune, 31, to face charges over death of girl, 9 NO JOKE Comedian cancels uni gig after students ban sexist, ageist and classist jokes ExclusivePERVY PEER CLAIMS Lib Dem lord, 82, resigns amid further allegations of sexual harassment What happened at the Strasbourg Christmas … [Read more...] about Where is Strasbourg? And was there a terrorist attack at the Christmas market?