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Heightened security precautions at Paris Christmas markets following Strasbourg shooting

YEREVAN, DECEMBER 17, ARMENPRESS. French law enforcement agencies are on high alert following the recent Strasbourg terror attack.

Security precautions have been heightened in Christmas markets in La Défense, a major business district near Paris.

All visitors are required to pass through metals detectors, and their personal belongings are searched upon entry. But visitors are now complaining.

Similar precautions are in place elsewhere also.

Earlier last week, the man suspected of killing at least three people and wounding 13 others at Strasbourg's famed Christmas market was killed by French police, following a shoot-out not far from the scene of the December 11 attack.

Cherif Chekatt, 29, was shot dead on December 13 evening, two days after he fled the scene of the shooting.

A massive manhunt was launched, involving hundreds of officers, special units and air support.

Strasbourg police said the death toll from the attack had risen to three, after one person succumbed to their injuries. Five people remain in serious condition with eight others suffering light injures. 

Earlier on December 12 Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries declared a day of mourning in the city.

The shooting took place in one of the oldest and biggest Christmas markets of the French city.

The suspected gunman engaged police with an automatic firearm in a shootout before fleeing the scene.

Shortly afterwards investigators began treating the shooting as a terror attack.

Strasbourg was put on lockdown after the shooting.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said police recognized a man who looked like Chekatt walking on the street in Strasbourg's Neudorf district on Thursday night and approached him. He opened fire on officers when they tried to question him, he said.

Police returned fire and killed the gunman.

Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan


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