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By dpa, Hamburg, Germany

Strasbourg, France (dpa) – Two people were killed and 11 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg late Tuesday.

Police confirmed the causalities to dpa and said a terrorist motive was suspected.

The gunman fled the scene and remains at large in the eastern city, which sits near France’s border with Germany.

“The person responsible has been identified and is actively being sought,” the Strasbourg authorities said in a statement.

The European Parliament, which has its seat in Strasbourg, activated its emergency protocol and is currently on lockdown to protect people inside, according to a parliamentary spokeswoman.

France’s Interior Ministry has warned the residents of Strasbourg to stay indoors.

Strasbourg’s long-established Christmas market, which takes place in the city center, is a major tourist draw in December.

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©2018 Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (Hamburg, Germany)

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