French police release photo of suspected Strasbourg gunman Cherif Chekatt

Police have killed Charif Chekatt the man who attacked shoppers at the Strasbourg market. /REUTERS

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the suspect evaded a police dragnet and was still at large, raising concerns of a follow-up attack, Reuters reported.

Chekatt, who is known to French authorities as a radicalised Islamist, had been imprisoned in Germany in 2016 and 2017 on theft charges, and was deported to France in 2017, a spokeswoman for Germany's BKA criminal police said. "He had his first sentence at 13 years old", Mr Castaner said.

A terrorism investigation was opened, but the motive of the attack is unclear.

Prosecutor Remy Heitz said: "Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell "Allahu Akbar", the anti-terrorist police has been called into action".

One of the officials, Stephane Morisse from the FGP Police union, told AP authorities went to the alleged assailant's residence earlier today to arrest him but the 29-year-old suspected of ties to radicalism wasn't there.

Witnesses described hearing gunshots, screams and shouts of police officers ordering people to stay indoors before the area fell silent and the officers fanned out. For several hours swaths of the city were under lockdown.

They had reportedly planned to be in Paris but the yellow vest protests in the capital caused them to change their itinerary and go to Strasbourg instead.

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In Rome, the foreign ministry said one of the injured was an Italian journalist covering the European parliament, but did not confirm media reports that he was in a serious condition.

A photo posted to Twitter shows people locked down inside the European Parliament building, in Strasbourg, after the attack.

Two people were killed and another is brain dead while 12 more were wounded.

Police said the shooter started his attack in the city centre just before 8pm where the celebrated Christmas market, which attracts millions of tourists every year, was taking place.

A total of 246 people have been killed in terror attacks in France since 2015, according to an AFP toll.

Responding to the tragedy, believed to be a terrorist attack, on its Facebook, the embassy said it "condemned the gunman who claimed the lives of innocent people".

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The mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries said the Christmas market will be closed on Wednesday and flags will be lowered to half-mast.

Strasbourg was in mourning, with candles lit and flowers left at the site of the attack.

"Our security forces have been deployed extensively these past few weeks", government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told CNews television on Thursday.

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

Security forces were already stretched by the often violent demonstrations during which five people have died and more than 1,400 been injured.

Mr Castaner said: 'Three hundred and fifty police and gendarmes are now on the ground to apprehend the suspect, supported by two helicopters, the RAID (French anti-terror police), the BRI (anti-gang brigade) and the Sentinel force.

Following the shooting, Cherif C fled the scene before he was eventually apprehended by police.

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A young man from the gunman's apartment block said he seemed destabilised by his time in prison.

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