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Christmas Market Attack Strasbourg, France, December 2018

Discussion in 'Terrorist Attacks' started by fran, Dec 12, 2018.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    'Terror' at Christmas market: 'Islamist' who shot dead three people and wounded 13 in Strasbourg had been identified as 'a threat to the state' it is revealed as manhunt continues
    • Three people killed and 13 injured when gunman opened fire at Strasbourg Christmas Market last night
    • A manhunt is underway for the gunman, 29-year-old local man Cherif Chekatt, who was on security watchlist
    • Chekatt was injured in exchange of fire with soldiers, but hijacked a taxi and managed to flee the scene
    • President Macron raised the country's terror level to its highest state as anti-terror police probed the attack
    • The Strasbourg-based European Parliament was put on lockdown following the shooting

    At least three people were killed and 13 others injured when a gunman opened fire at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, northeastern France on Tuesday evening.

    Police identified the gunman as Cherif Chekatt, a Strasbourg-born 29-year-old who has a criminal record and is a designated 'threat to the state' on the security services' watchlist.

    A manhunt is now underway for Chekatt, who managed to flee the scene in a hijacked taxi after being wounded in a shootout with soldiers, and President Emmanuel Macron has raised France's terror level.

    The carnage unfolded just after 8pm local time outside the historic Christmas market in Strasbourg's central square, Place Kleber, one of the busiest areas in the city, which is also home to the European Parliament.

    Four of those injured are still fighting for their lives, with six others seriously hurt, the mayor of Strasbourg, said on Wednesday morning. Witnesses described one of the victims as a a male South-east Asian tourist who had been shot in the head.

    Hundreds of soldiers and special forces operatives have been called in to take part in the manhunt
    following the shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, on Tuesday night

    Passers-by tend to victims in the immediate aftermath of the attack on a Christmas market in
    Strasbourg, France, last night

    Five people have been arrested in connection with the Strasbourg attack, and are being questioned in relation to 'previous affairs' linked to Chekatt, Laurent Nunez, secretary of state for the Interior Ministry, said today.

    Chekatt was identified by DNA and CCTV images, sources told French media. Police had initially gone to his home earlier on Tuesday to arrest him over an unrelated armed robbery, but found him missing. Reports said grenades were discovered at his home.

    Checkatt was imprisoned in Germany up until 2017, after being convicted of robbery by a court in the southern German city of Singen.

    ‘After serving his sentence he was deported to France, where he was technically under surveillance,’ said an investigating source.

    ‘He had served previous prison sentences in France too, including two years in 2011 for stabbing a teenager. There had also been drug convictions. He was well known in Islamist circles in Strasbourg and for being further radicalised in prison.’

    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, police sources said. A soldier was slightly injured by a ricochet from a shot by the gunman.

    French President Emmanuel Macron is pictured leaving an emergency meeting at the
    Interior Ministry in Paris last night

    An emergency worker was pictured running with a stretcher towards the scene of the shooting,
    which killed at least three

    A police officer stands guard near an area of Strasbourg where the gunman was thought to be
    located after of the attack

    The map shows the area where the attack took place, while the Christmas market is shown
    in a file picture before the shooting



    The driver of the hijacked taxi, who escaped unharmed, told police Chekatt was injured during his escape

    Some 350 people, including police, troops and helicopters were on the heels of the attacker who had 'sowed terror' in the city, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said.

    Castaner also said France had raised its security alert level to 'emergency attack' with 'the implementation of reinforced border controls and tightened controls on all Christmas markets in France to avoid the risk of a copycat' attack.

    France's security forces, already on high alert after a series of terror attacks since 2015, are particularly stretched at the moment due to anti-government protests that have swept the country.

    'I heard shooting and then there was pandemonium,' one witness, who gave his name as Fatih, told AFP. 'People were running everywhere.'

    He said he had seen three people injured on the ground only a few metres (feet) from the giant Christmas tree in the centre of the city.

    read more ............. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...urt-shooting-Christmas-market-Strasbourg.html
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  2. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    Barely mentioned by MSM....turncoats Fox either.
    WTH is going on.
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