5 arrested as French police hunt gunman in attack that killed 2

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Around a dozen more people were injured - some of them seriously - and a Strasbourg mosque posted on Facebook to say one of its members was in a coma after being hit in the head.

Meanwhile, authorities revised the death toll to three on Thursday after a person who had been kept alive while brain dead succumbed to his injuries.

It has been two days since the attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, but police have still not caught the attacker.

One French police official said security forces, including the elite Raid squad, were taking action based on a "supposition only" that Chekkat could be hiding in a nearby building.

Reasons for the attack are still unknown. however, the prosecutor began an investigation to see if this is a possible terrorist attack.

Cherif C, 29 years old, has been identified as the Strasbourg Christmas Market gunman that left ten people injured.

Cherif Chekatt was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city after a police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometers from where he launched his attack on Tuesday.

France has raised its security threat to the highest level in response to the shooting rampage, which Strasbourg's mayor said was indisputably an act of terrorism.

Five people have been arrested as part of the manhunt, including Chekatt's parents and two of his brothers.

Reflecting Strasbourg's global nature, the dead included a Thai tourist, and an Italian was reportedly among the wounded.

Four Dead, 11 Shot Near Strasbourg Christmas Market

The suspect is a 29-year-old man who was born in Strasbourg, the French network reported.

The suspected gunman then jumped into a taxi and fled the scene, Heitz said.

A large-scale manhunt is under way for a suspected extremist gunman who killed three near a Christmas market in Strasbourg.

The Telegraph notes, "Christmas markets have been considered a terror target ever since the foiled terror attack in December 2000".

Two people were killed and a third victim who was hospitalized has now died, the Paris Prosecutor's office said.

He noted that the suspect had 27 criminal convictions in France, Germany and Switzerland.

Neighbours living on the housing estate where Chekatt family's lived described the suspect as a typical young man who dressed in jogging trousers and trainers rather that traditional Islamic robes.

People captured video of the area where the attack happened and the sounds of the shooting on their phones while others rushed to find somewhere safe to hide.

Hundreds of police are hunting for him in France and Germany.

A restaurant waiter told how staff and customers tried to save a diner who stepped outside and was shot. The European Parliament was also in session in Strasbourg, adding to the crowds in the city. It came amid a month of protests against President Emmanuel Macron that have blocked roads around the country, led to rioting in the capital and put heavy strain on police.

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