Strasbourg – UPDATE 15.57 hours: Chérif Chekatt (29) called according to bystanders ’Allahu akbar’ when he three times around began to shoot at the largest christmas market of France. He also had a knife with him. International is a manhunt for him going on. The mother, father and two brothers of the shooter in Strasbourg are now being held for questioning. That, say sources close to the investigation.
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That the prosecutor of the public prosecutor during a press conference in Paris announced.
Something to consider was the shooter Friday night for the first time seen on the Rue d Orfèvres in the centre of Strasbourg. He founded there and in surrounding streets a massacre. Then he stepped into a taxi and threatened the driver. Remarkably, he told the driver what he has done, and that there is also that morning at him, a search is done. That was useful information for the police to the identity of the culprit.
Eyewitness: ’In a panic ran people away’
In the shooting at the christmas market of Strasbourg on Tuesday two people killed. A person is brain death declared. Offender Chérif Chekatt managed to escape and is still on the run. He is, according to the taxi driver injured. About him being increasingly more well-known: he was on a list of the intelligence services, had a proper criminal record and would rather be in Germany, have lived.
Among the four persons arrested in connection with the attack, the father and the two brothers of Chekatt, reports correspondent Eveline Bijlsma.
The death toll from the shooting at the christmas market in the French Strasbourg is re-adjusted. The French justice has a previous statement on the death rate repealed. According to the prefecture, there were two dead and twelve wounded, of whom there are six serious injuries. One of the victims is brain death declared.
Earlier there was mention of four dead. All the victims were taken to hospitals in the city. One of the victims was a tourist from Thailand who just with his wife, in Strasbourg, had arrived. The culprit is still on the run.
Thai tourists came especially for the christmas market Strasbourg
After the 29-year-old Chekatt near the christmas market with an automatic weapon opened fire, he is injured in a taxi. After that, he fled, report French media. Chekatt was wounded in a shootout with the security forces.
Criminal record and grenades
Chekatt the French intelligence services, registered as a radicalised and violent. He had quite a criminal record and an ’exaggerated bekeringsdrang’. Also in Germany, where he previously lived, misdroeg he is, reports Der Spiegel.
The security services had him down as ’chip’s’: that label is the highest form of warning that there exists in France, and gives permission to control, but not to arrest.
Kerstmarktschutter Chekatt (29) has quite a criminal record
Tuesday morning still he would be arrested at home by agents to be questioned in the context of a murder case – at least, that wanted to be the police. The man was not at home, write French media. Were there grenades found and a long riffle.
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An eyewitness says on France24: “We were sitting in a restaurant and heard sudden gunfire. I have never experienced such a thing.”
Among the three dead is a Thai tourist: a 45-year-old man who, with his wife on holiday in France. The couple was still but a few hours before the shooting in the city arrived.
The authorities called after the shooting the inhabitants of the region to stay inside, because the man is armed and it is not known where he is.
The fugitive offender Chérif Chekatt was born in 1989, in Strasbourg. He would the last time have contacts in the radical islamic environment.
The threat level in France is elevated to the highest level. That means that more will be frisked and controls at stations and airports to be tightened. Schools will not close, but students remain inside. The minister let know that the boundaries are strictly protected, to prevent the shooter out of the country flight. The German police reported via Twitter that the border crossings are stricter check.
Meanwhile, there are 720 agents deployed to the shooter to find. French helicopters keep the surroundings in the holes. As time passes, more and more feared that Chérif Chekatt not more in France. The minister says that this is ’not clear’.
Wednesday remains the christmas market close, reports the mayor of Strasbourg. All the festive activities in the city are also cancelled. The schools have Wednesday open, but there is no class. The mayor speaks of a terrorist act and calls on residents to make their life normal again.
The European Parliament will Wednesday morning a minute of silence to the victims to remember. Many members and employees were still at work in the parliament at the time of the shooting. The parliament announced a ‘lockdown’, which they the building until late in the night were allowed to leave.
Correspondent Eveline Bijlsma is in Paris follows the latest news on the foot.
Our reporter Ruud for the haskell programming language is in Strasbourg and reports on the latest developments.
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