Muslim terrorist shouted ‘allahu akbar’ as he opened fire on people at Strasbourg Christmas Market
The 29-year-old Muslim terrorist who shot and murdered at two people and injured 14 others at a Christmas market in Strasbourg, northeastern France last night shouted “allahu akbar” as he opened fire, prosecutors say.
“Terrorism has hit our country again,” Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz, said.
Two people were murdered and 14 wounded in the terror attack, authorities said, lowering the death toll from 3, while increasing the number of wounded.
Strasbourg-born Muslim terrorist Cherif Chekatt, who was armed with a handgun and a knife, was known to authorities for radicalization.
Police revealed that his criminal record includes 25 court convictions, including many for armed robbery. He had been listed as a ‘threat to the state’ by the French security services.
He was due to be arrested on Tuesday morning for a previous robbery. He was not at home when police arrived, but grenades were found.
German authorities said the terrorist may have fled across the nearby border to the country, where he served multiple prison sentences.
After finishing his sentences in 2017 he was deported back to France, where he had also been in prison.
He also served time in a Swiss jail when, in 2013, he was sentenced to 18 months in Basel for several burglaries.
The terror attack 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.
Terror cops and soldiers cornered the terrorist in a shop after the shooting attack – but he slipped through their fingers by hijacking a taxi at gunpoint after been injured in a shootout.
The terrorist was identified by DNA and CCTV images.
Hundreds of police and soldiers are scouring eastern France as the manhunt for the Muslim terrorist continues.
Meanwhile, his first victim has been named as Anupong Suebsamarn, a 45-year-old Thai man on holiday in Europe with his wife, according to Thai media.
Four of the 14 injured are still fighting for their lives, among them a 28-year-old Italian journalist in town to cover the European Parliament, with six others seriously hurt.
Shortly after the terror attack, ISIS-affiliated media Al-Taqwa released a propaganda poster. “The era of surprises has begun” the poster reads praising the terror attack and threatening with more mass murders: “Soon in your holidays”.
Supporters of the terror group had recently posted a picture of ‘Santa’ kneeling in front of a masked jihadist.