Terror at Strasbourg Christmas Market

Terror at Strasbourg Christmas Market
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Terror at Strasbourg Christmas Market

 By: Ariel Rivera-Diaz

 December 11th, 2018

A Christmas market in Strasbourg France was under siege after a lone gunman unleashed a vicious attack. This city is located on the border with Germany.  Multiple reports have confirmed that there are eleven people injured and four casualties. Officials are treating this as a terrorist act and are hunting down the gunman who is on the loose.

President Macron dispatched the interior minister, Christophe Castaner, who stated that the gunman was known to police and were already searching for him before the attack. The European Parliament was put on lockdown and people were told to stay indoors. There were multiple international politicians and Parliament members in the building during the shooting. A local Twitter page in Strasbourg told people to stay away from police headquarters. Marc Burleigh, an AFP Journalist based in France shared this tweet stating that the shooter is a 29-year-old who was radicalized:

France took drastic precautionary measures after the attacks that occurred in 2015 and 2016, by the Islamic State, where two hundred people were killed. Those attending the Strasbourg Christmas event experienced these changes with the implementation of bag searches and the banning of vehicles near the area.

Seven out of the eleven injured are said to be in critical condition.

Before the attack, French president Macron was struggling to contain the gilets jaunes Movement (Yellow Vests).

This is a developing story. It will be updated. 

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Ariel Rivera-Diaz ran for State Assembly in the 2018 NYS Elections. He served as Bronx Borough Coordinator for 2017 NYC Mayoral Candidate Nicole Malliotakis. Ariel is an active member of the Bronx GOP and has assisted in grassroots efforts to increase civic engagement among voters. He is a recipient of the James H. Hackett Oratory Award in high school.

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