Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Cultural Enrichment in Strasbourg, France (Updated)

Original post: News reports indicate that 2 to 4 people were killed in an attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France. (DW, BBC, The Irish Times, The Telegraph). Police have begun a manhunt for the lone gunman responsible for the attack. Although the identity has not been released to the public, police have admitted that the attacker was a known terrorist risk, and a terrorist investigation has been opened.

Update (12/11/2018): The New York Post is reporting that 4 are dead and 10 wounded. Also, the suspect "was due to be arrested earlier in the day for a separate attempted murder, sources told the AP."

Update (12/12/2018): The Daily Mail reports that the attacker killed "at least 3 people" and injured 13 others. The identity of the shooter has been made public. He is Cherif Chekatt, a French national from an Algerian background, and a known Islamic extremist with a lengthy criminal record including multiple counts of armed robbery. According to reports, he yelled "Allahu Akbar" when he opened fire. Police had been trying to arrest him prior to the attack in connection with an attempted murder. Police didn't find him, but they found a grenade, a rifle, and four knives in his home. He purportedly is armed with a pistol and a knife.

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