Cherif Chekatt, believed to be responsible for the attack on the Strasbourg Christmas Market on 11 December, has been killed by police.

By Daniel Herborn

Posted on December 14, 2018

Chekatt was shot after police discovered him hiding in a warehouse in the Neudorf/Meinau area of Strasbourg.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said three police officers had found “the terrorist” at around 9 pm local time on 13 December and tried to arrest him.

“When the individual turned and shot at the police, they immediately returned fire and neutralised the assailant,” Castaner said. None of the police officers was injured in the confrontation.

The 29-year-old had been on the run for the previous 48 hours.

The shooting at the popular Christmas market was described as a terrorist attack

French officials had termed the shooting an act of terror and elevated the security threat to the highest level. More than 700 French police and security officers had been involved in the search for Chekatt.

Authorities have not formally confirmed the identity of the victims of the attack, but those shot are known to include a number of foreign nationals.

Before carrying out the mass shooting which killed three people and injured 12 others, he had been convicted of a number of crimes and had become a radical Islamist during a prison term.

Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries told the media Chekatt’s death “will help to get back to a life that I would describe as normal.”

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

Castaner also said the popular Christmas market would re-open on 14 December with high security in place.

Earlier in the week, the Eiffel Tower had ‘gone dark’ to commemorate the victims of the attack. Locals had also left candles in nearby Kleber Square to honour those killed or injured.