Chérif Chekatt, the alleged killer of three people (or two, or four, depending on which news report you read) in Tuesday’s terrorist attack in Strasbourg, was shot to death this evening during an exchange of gunfire with police in Strasbourg.
Mr. Chekatt’s motive for the attack is still completely and utterly unknown. Authorities admit they are frankly baffled.
OK, so I made that last part up, but still…
Below are excerpts from a Fox News report on the dénouement in Strasbourg:
Cherif Chekatt, France Gunman Who Opened Fire at Christmas Market, Is Dead, Reports Say
Cherif Chekatt, the gunman who killed multiple people Tuesday at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France, is dead, local reports said Thursday.
A wide-scale manhunt for the suspect had been ongoing since the shooting earlier this week. Three people were killed in the attack and several others injured, police said.
The National Police of the North, in a translated tweet, thanked the public for their reports which helped “find the wanted individual.”
It was posted along with an earlier tweet from law enforcement that included a photo of Chekatt.
The suspect was killed in a shootout with law enforcement in Strasbourg after he opened fire on police, a top French official told The Associated Press. The suspect was armed with a pistol and a knife, a local police official told the outlet.
Before opening fire on the Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Chekatt, 29, yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Paris’ public prosecutor said, in the first official statement that pegged the shooting as an Islamic terror attack. Chekatt escaped the scene in a taxi.
Police detained at least five people with alleged ties to Chekatt during raids Tuesday morning, but Chekatt, wanted on an attempted murder charge in relation to a botched robbery, wasn’t home, senior Interior Ministry official Laurent Nunez told France-Inter radio.
Here’s a brief snip from a French news report (can’t remember where I picked it up):
Cherif Chekatt, l’auteur présumé de l’attentat de mardi contre le marché de Noël à Strasbourg, a été tué par la police jeudi soir dans le sud du quartier Neudorf.
Cherif Chekatt, the presumed perpetrator of Tuesday’s attack at the Christmas market in Strasbourg, was killed by police Thursday evening in the south of the Neudorf district.
The following video (recorded yesterday) shows excerpts from the reaction to the Strasbourg attack by an official spokesman for the French government. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Below is the response to a colleague in the European Parliament by an Italian MEP for the Lega Nord named Angelo Ciocca. Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
Video transcript #1:
|00:12||Yesterday shortly before 8pm terrorism|
|00:16||has yet again hit our territory — in Strasbourg —|
|00:20||reminding us, in a dramatic way, that the threat is still very real.|
|00:29||Because of his profile, which I’ll address in a moment,|
|00:33||and because of the eyewitness accounts from those who heard him shout|
|00:37||“Allahu Akhbar!”, the anti-terrorist section of|
|00:41||Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating the events of last night.|
|00:49||It was established that during this search:|
|00:53||the investigators have secured on the same morning a defensive grenade,|
|00:57||a loaded 22 rifle and a cache of|
|01:01||munitions, four knives, two of which|
|01:06||Are hunting knives.|
|01:10||Concerning the investigation: numerous|
|01:14||operations in order to find the fugitive|
|01:18||are in progress. And several searches|
|01:22||were carried out last night in places in which|
|01:26||he [the fugitive] is predisposed to come to. You’ll understand, taking into account|
|01:30||the situation and what’s at stake, that I cannot describe him|
|01:34||in detail at this point. I can, however, inform you|
|01:39||that four relatives of the suspect were|
|01:43||apprehended last night. They are still under arrest.|
|01:51||His criminal record|
|01:55||shows twenty-seven convictions for common-law offences|
|01:59||committed, almost all of them, in France,|
|02:03||but also in Germany and in Switzerland.|
|02:07||He has already been imprisoned numerous times, and he was known|
|02:12||to the penitentiary administration for his radicalization and his|
|02:16||proselytizing attitude during his detention in 2015.|
|02:20||Known to the intelligence services for his radicalization, he was entered in|
|02:24||the FSPRT [database of Reports for Preventing Radicalization] and has an S-file [terrorist file].|
|02:28||He was followed by the services of the DGSI. [General Directorate for Internal Security]
Video transcript #2:
|00:00||Mr. President, last night, two persons, without guilt,|
|00:05||without any responsibility, lost their lives.|
|00:09||And one cannot think… one really cannot think to reduce a full minute of silence.|
|00:15||There are some responsibilities that one continues to not want to see,|
|00:20||but there are some deep responsibilities. I really can’t accept this|
|00:24||line of saying: “We have to go forward.” No, we cannot go forward with errors.|
|00:28||We cannot go forward with the mistakes.|
|00:31||We really cannot accept that the errors of France, and also often|
|00:35||of Europe, end up supporting the actions of an extremist|
|00:40||…of an Islamic extremist, of an Islamic extremist|
|00:45||who often, I repeat, takes the lives of citizens in an unjust|
|00:49||Manner. I really, after the votes, I will leave Strasbourg…|
|00:53||I will leave France — I invite Macron to come, to come here|
|00:59||to Strasbourg. I will re-enter Italy as a sign|
|01:03||of protest. I say, “Everyone…” I say , “Everyone:|
|01:06||Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!|
|01:14||I join the protest, and I say, “Wake up! Wake up!”
Hat tip for the photo: Seneca III.