Strasbourg Christmas market attacker killed

French police have shot dead the man who attacked Strasbourg's Christmas market on 11 December in a shootout in the city.

Cherif Chekatt, who authorities have said had a string of criminal convictions in both France and Germany and had become a radical Islamist in jail, opened fire on police having been cornered. His attack earlier in the week left three people dead and at least 13 others injured.

His identity is yet to be officially confirmed, but Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said that police spotted a man matching Chekatt's description on rue du Lazaret, in the Neudorf area of Strasbourg, before the suspect turned round and opened fire. Castaner, who later went to the scene, said the attacker was then ‘neutralised’.

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


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