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Strasbourg shooter killed after 48-hour manhunt

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STRASBOURG (FRANCE), Dec. 11, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Police investigate near the scene of a shooting in the center of Strasbourg, France, on Dec. 11, 2018. At least two people were killed and eleven wounded in a shooting near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening, local media reported. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
Police investigate near the scene of a shooting in the center of Strasbourg, France.

The shooter, who killed three people at a Christmas market in France’s Strasbourg, has been killed, 48 hours after the attack, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner has confirmed…reports Asian Lite News

PARIS, Oct. 16, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Photo taken on Oct. 16, 2018 shows the newly appointed Interior Minister Christophe Castaner in Paris, France. French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday named Christophe Castaner, one of his main backers, to supervise interior affairs and replace Gerard Collomb, in his latest cabinet reshuffle. (Xinhua/Jack Chan/IANS) by .
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner

Cherif Chekatt was killed in the Neudorf-Meinau district of the city, two kilometers from where he shot passers-by and stabbed people.

At 9 p.m. local time, “three police officers spotted an individual walking on the public highway. They arrested him and while he returned facing the police officers, he fired on them,” Castaner said in a brief press conference.

“The police officers returned fire and neutralised the assailant,” he added.

The 29-year-old Strasbourg native, armed with a firearm and a knife, opened fire several times and stabbed people Tuesday near Place Kleber and the Grand’Rue, one of the city’s main shopping streets where Christmas market is held every year.

Three people were killed and 13 were wounded, including five remained in critical situation.

Chekatt, who is believed to carry out a terrorist attack, has a criminal record and was on police watch list for radicalization and potential security threat.

Following Tuesday assault, France raised its security threat level to the highest and poured additional 1,800 security forces across French cities to guarantee security in Christmas markets and ensure calm at year-end holidays.

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