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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Strasbourg market gunman ‘pledged allegiance to IS’

The video was discovered at Chekatt’s home.

Police on the streets of Strasbourg after the attack (Jean-Francois Badias/AP)
Police on the streets of Strasbourg after the attack (Jean-Francois Badias/AP)

By Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press

The alleged gunman who shot and killed five people in a Christmas market attack this month in Strasbourg had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, an official says.

The judicial official said investigators have found a video stored on a USB stick in which Cherif Chekatt had claimed allegiance to the extremist group.

The video was discovered at Chekatt’s home.

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People once against in the streets as Strasbourg’s Christmas market reopens (Jean-Francois Badias/AP)

Chekatt, 29, died in a shootout with police two days after his December 11 attack at Strasbourg’s popular Christmas market.

Shortly after his death, the Islamic State group’s Amaq news agency claimed he was a “soldier” of the group.

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had rejected the claim as “totally opportunistic”.

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