Strasbourg shooting: Christmas market attacker killed in police shootout

Strasbourg

Police officers gather near the body of a man after a shootout with police. Image: AP Photo

Friday, December 14, 2018

The suspected gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in France has been killed in a shootout with police.

The 29-year-old alleged gunman was formally identified as Cherif Chekatt, who was on a watch list of potential extremists and had 27 previous convictions, including robberies.

Mr Chekatt was suspected of killing three people and wounding 13 near Strasbourg's Christmas market on Tuesday night.

The shooutout with police happened at the end of a two-day manhunt, in which 700 officers scoured the city for the suspect.

 

 

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said three people who were injured in the shooting had been released from hospital, and three others were in a critical condition.

Witnesses said the gunman shouted "God is great!" in Arabic before opening fire.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the investigation, including Chekatt's parents and two of his brothers.

France has raised its three-stage threat index to the highest level since the attack and deployed 1,800 additional soldiers across the country to help patrol streets and secure crowded events.