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  1. Gezza

     /  December 13, 2018

    Strasbourg shooting: Terror suspect ‘may have crossed into Germany’ after Christmas market shooting

    Cherif Chekatt, the Strasbourg terror suspect CREDIT: TWITTER

    France says it cannot “rule out” that a suspected terrorist has fled to neighbouring Germany after killing at least two people and injuring 13 in the eastern French city of Strasbourg.

    Border controls have been strengthened and more than 600 people, including police, troops and helicopters were on the heels of the attacker who had “sowed terror” in the city, interior minister Christophe Castaner said.

    Asked whether he may have left France, deputy interior minister Laurent Nunez said: “That cannot be ruled out.”

    According to Der Spiegel, the assailant had been in prison in Germany until 2017 on a sentence for “serious” theft handed out by Singen district court in Bade-Wurtemberg next to the Alsace border, after which he was expelled to France.

    The gunman, Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt, 29 was on a “S” security and terror watch list. Anti-terrorist prosecutors have opened an investigation. However, Mr Nunez said: “The terrorist motive has not yet been established”.

    Questions were being raised over how the assailant had managed to evade capture on Tuesday morning. Police were due to arrest him for attempted murder after a botched armed robbery but he had escaped and a long rifle and stun grenade were found at his home. Five of his suspected accomplices were arrested shortly before the attack, said Mr Nunez.

    Shortly before 8pm last night, the assailant went on the rampage in Strasbourg’s city centre in the bustling rue des Ofrèvres armed with an automatic pistol and knife.

    Police reported the attacker was shot and wounded by patrolling soldiers before he fled the scene. According to France Info, the suspect took a taxi driver hostage to escape soldiers. The driver reportedly escaped unharmed and said the gunman had a wounded arm.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/12/strasbourg-shooting-christmas-market-terror-suspect-run-killing/

    There were some vague references to his having been radicalised by his religion in some links I googled after watching the Aljazeera tv news item on this but it seems unlikely at this stage this attack is religiously motivated.

  2. MaureenW

     /  December 13, 2018

    George Pell has been found guilty on historical sex charges. Was there ever a bigger bunch of hypocrites?
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/vatican-no-3-cardinal-george-pell-on-trial-for-historical-child-sex-charges

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 13, 2018

    World View – Thursday?

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 13, 2018