A Thai tourist was among three victims killed by a gunman at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening, Paris time, according to a Thai expat organisation in France.
Namtip Ficho, chairwoman of the Association of Thai Provence, said she has been informed by the Association of Thai Students in France that Anupong Suebsamarn was killed in the shooting shortly after arriving in the country on holiday. Namtip quoted the tourist’s wife, Naiyana Subesamarn, as saying that her slain husband was 45. Naiyana had given the details while she waited at a hospital where her husband had been taken, said Namtip, adding that the Thai Embassy in Paris has been informed of the death.
The Thai ambassador is scheduled to travel to Strasbourg today (Wednesday) to help handle the legal process regarding the death. French authorities said the gunman also wounded a dozen others before fleeing the scene. A manhunt was under way after the killer opened fire at around 8pm local time (2am Bangkok time) on one of the city’s busiest streets, sending crowds of evening shoppers fleeing for safety. Soldiers patrolling the area as part of regular anti-terror operations exchanged fire with the suspect and wounded him, but could not stop him escaping, French police said.