German police secure border as Strasbourg shooter remains on the run

Reuters Iffezheim, Germany Dec 12, 2018, 05.08 PM(IST)

German police armed with machine guns carrying out checks at Iffezheim border after the attack. Photograph:( Reuters )

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Policemen carrying machine guns set up a roadblock at the Iffezheim crossing across the river Rhine, looking at passengers in passing vehicles.

German police on the French border were on high alert on Wednesday (December 12) as the hunt for a gunman continued who killed three people and wounded a dozen others at a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

Policemen carrying machine guns set up a roadblock at the Iffezheim crossing across the river Rhine, looking at passengers in passing vehicles.

Police identified the suspect as Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt, 29, who is on an intelligence services watch list as a potential security risk.

"The hunt continues," Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nunez said on France Inter radio.

Asked whether the suspect might have left France, he said: "That cannot be ruled out."