Strasbourg gunman pledged allegiance to IS

Elias Hubbard
December 24, 2018

A man who shot dead five people and wounded 11 others at a famed Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg had pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State group in a video, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The video was found on an USB key belonging to the 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, the BBC reported on Sunday. December, shot in the vicinity of the Strasbourg Christmas market at passers-by, five people were killed.

The IS claimed the attack after the death of Chekatts and named him posthumously as one of their "soldiers".

Christophe Castaner had qualified this as "opportunist" at the time, saying "these claim do not change anything".

"He'd say, for example, that Daesh, fights for the just cause and all that", Chekatt said, using the common term in France and elsewhere for the Islamic State group.

Chekatt was neutralised on December 14 during an operation launched by the French Police after he escaped the shooting spot. The son would reply that "it's not them", the father said.

Chekatt had a criminal record and was on the police watch list for radicalisation and potential security threat. Investigators are trying to determine whether he had accomplices or logistical support.

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