Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Strasbourg gunman cried 'Allahu Akbar' during attack, has 27 convictions

Strasbourg gunman cried 'Allahu Akbar' during attack, has 27 convictions

He also said police found a grenade, a rifle and four knives during a search on Tuesday morning of Chekatt's house in an investigation over an attempted murder.

Castaner said the gunman had killed three people and wounded 12.

Three years after groups of extremists gunned down and blew up 130 people in Paris on Nov 13, 2015, French counterterror officials say their focus has shifted.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told parliament that 720 police officers and other members of the security forces were searching for the gunman.

A neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the gunman was still at large, said Chekatt was rarely home and last saw him Monday from her window, which looks out on a common hallway, with another man.

The attacker boasted to the driver - who has spoken to police - that he had killed 10 people, and said he had been injured in a firefight with soldiers...

Chekatt was jailed for burglary in Germany in 2016 but was not deemed a potentially risky militant, German authorities said Wednesday.

Police said they have identified the shooter, who has not been captured.

More than 700 officers were involved in the manhunt and prosecutors have opened a terror investigation into Tuesday's attack.

French authorities have issued a wanted poster and are calling for witnesses amid a massive manhunt for the suspected shooter almost 24 hours after a deadly attack at the Strasbourg Christmas market.

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French special forces police secure an area during an operation where the suspected gunman, Cherif Chekatt, was killed, in the Meinau district in Strasbourg, France. Six other victims suffered minor injuries, Strasbourg police said.

This undated file handout photo provided by the French police, shows Cherif Chekatt, the suspect in the shooting in Strasbourg, France.

Several MEPs were close to the market when the shooting started and have in holed up in hotels, restaurants or the legislature itself as police were looking for the suspect.

Police distributed a photo of Chekatt, who was wounded in a gunfight with security forces, with the warning: "Individual risky, above all do not intervene".

The Christmas market was closed on Thursday, authorities said. Five of those wounded were in serious condition, authorities said.

Asked if French police had been instructed to catch Chekatt dead or alive, government spokesperson Benjamin Griveaux told CNews: "It doesn't matter".

It came amid a month of protests against President Emmanuel Macron that have blocked roads around the country, led to rioting in the capital and put heavy strain on police. European Union leaders held a minute of silence for the latest victims of a mass shooting in France.

Three people were killed in the market attack, including a Thai tourist named by the embassy in Paris as Anupong Suebsamarn, 45.

Strict vehicle restrictions, security checks and patrols by armed police and soldiers amid the revellers have become the norm.

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