A shooting in the French city of Strasbourg sparked a major security operation around a famous Christmas market on Tuesday, with media reporting one dead and several wounded. The French Interior Ministry called on the public to remain indoors and local authorities called on residents to follow police instructions, the AP reports. “Our security and rescue services are mobilized,” Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said. Local authorities tweeted for the public to “avoid the area of the police station,” which is close to the city’s Christmas market. Strasbourg’s well-known market is set up around the city’s cathedral during the Christmas period and becomes a major gathering place.
It wasn’t immediately clear if the market was the target of the attack or if there was any link to terrorism. But France has been hit by several extremist attacks, including the 2015 Paris shootings, which killed 130 people and wounded hundreds, and a truck attack in Nice that killed dozens in 2016. Some Strasbourg residents have reported on social media that they heard gunfire in some parts of the city center Tuesday. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe tweeted that “the situation is still underway, priority is given to security forces and rescuers.” A suspect, who has an existing criminal record, has been identified but was still on the loose as of this writing. Strasbourg, about 310 miles east of Paris, is the seat of the European Parliament and on the border with Germany.
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