French police shoot and kill Muslim terrorist who killed 5, wounded 12 others at Christmas market

Source: Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police -officials | Reuters

Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometers from where he launched his attack on Tuesday.

Chekatt was killed after firing on police officers, who returned fire, one of the sources said.

Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him.

He turned to fire on them and they shot and killed him, Castaner told reporters.

“I think it will help to get back to a life that I would describe as normal,” Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries told reporters after news that Chekatt had been killed.

“With the death of this terrorist … citizens, like me, are relieved,” he said

Reuters reporters near the scene heard three to four gunshots after armed police officers and units launched their operation, backed up by a helicopter circling overhead.

The death toll from Tuesday’s attack rose to three while police on Thursday combed the city in the east of France for a second day and manned checkpoints on the German border in their search for Chekatt.

Three others were fighting for their lives on Thursday, Castaner told a news conference before news broke that Chekatt had been shot dead.

Police issued a wanted poster in multiple languages for Chekatt, who was the main suspect in the attack and who had been on a watchlist as a potential security threat.

He had spent time in French, German and Swiss jails for a theft and violence and authorities say he was known to have developed radical religious views while behind bars.

Islamic State claimed him as one of its soldiers on Thursday, who “carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting citizens of coalition countries” fighting the militant group, according to a statement on its Amaq news website. The group provided no evidence for the claim.

Earlier in the day armed and masked police had swooped on the same Strasbourg neighborhoods fanning out across three locations in late afternoon, including the area where Chekatt was last seen. He was killed not far from there.

Witnesses had told investigators that the attacker cried out “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greater) as he opened fire on Tuesday on the Christmas market in Strasbourg, a target Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz suggested may have been chosen for its religious symbolism.

French soldiers, who are part of anti-terrorism patrols across the country, had shot him in the arm but he managed to escape and elude capture for 48 hours.

BFM TV citing investigators said a taxi driver, who had taken him away from the attack site, had told him he had carried out the attack to avenge his brothers in Syria.

Chekatt’s police file photo shows a bearded man of North African descent, with a prayer bruise on the center of his forehead.

Neighbors on the housing estate where Chekatt family’s lived described the suspect as a typical young man who dressed in jogging pants and trainers rather than traditional Islamic robes.

“He was a little gangster, but I didn’t see any signs of him being radicalized,” said a leader of a community group standing outside Chekkat’s apartment building, who asked not to be identified while discussing him.

The Strasbourg attack was the latest in a succession of attacks linked to Islamist militancy in France going back to March 2012. Since January 2015 more than 240 people have been killed in various attacks, although the last one had been in May.


He wasn’t radicalized, he was just another Muslim terrorist:

The attacker Cherif Chekatt shouted “Allahu Akbar”,a French prosecutor has said.


Update: More than 2 weeks later, BBC finally reports Strasbourg gunman Chekatt ‘pledged allegiance to ISIS in video’

4 thoughts on “French police shoot and kill Muslim terrorist who killed 5, wounded 12 others at Christmas market

  1. Why aren’t all these Muslim terrorists buried inside the body of a pig?

    Allowing Islam to exist is the same as worshiping Satan. Its an indication of how depraved the West has become when it cannot recognize a cancer eating away at it.

  2. ““He was a little gangster, but I didn’t see any signs of him being radicalized,” said a leader of a community group standing outside Chekkat’s apartment building, who asked not to be identified while discussing him.”
    Imams can be so discrete at times, can’t they?

  3. It seems that the “infidels” simply can’t get it right…. When these jihadis scream “allahu akbar” they are NOT calling on the name of the True and Living Jehovah GOD of the Bible, but time and again the phrase is translated, “God is great”! NO….That misleads people into thinking that Muslims worship the same God as Christians and Jews worship! In actuality they are praising their FALSE “allah-god”!

    I am so tired of hearing Fox News and others MIS-TRANSLATING (and misrepresenting) this Arabic word b/c it’s misleading! The true translation of the Arabic phrase means, “Allah is greater”–NOT “God is great”! These murderers are NOT praising GOD–they are literally saying that their FALSE allah-god is GREATER than the True and Living Almighty God of the Bible!!!!! That’s a crucial distinction in my opinion!!!!

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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