Published: Tue, December 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Fifth victim of Strasbourg market attack dies

Fifth victim of Strasbourg market attack dies

The "extremely large crowd in the Christmas market" on Saturday "was an illustration of our commitment to the values on which our living together is based, which we will continue to defend against all those who want to attack it", Ries said.

The incident came at a tense time for the nation, shaken by what the authorities called a terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday, the "Yellow Vest" protests of recent weekends and a rise in anti-Semitic acts.

The interview with Abdelkrim Chekatt by the state-run France 2 television channel was shown Saturday night, two days after the son was killed in a confrontation with three police officers in his childhood neighborhood in Strasbourg following a massive manhunt.

A man suspected of supplying the gun used to kill five people at a Christmas market lat week in Strasbourg, France, was indicted on preliminary terror charges, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

The suspect is the only one of seven people initially detained as part of the investigation who is still in custody.

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The young Chekatt had been on a French intelligence watch list for radicalism and was convicted 27 times for criminal offenses - the first time at age 13 - mainly in France but also in Germany and Switzerland. More than 700 French security forces had been hunting for 29-year-old Chekatt since the bloodshed on December 11.

Barto Orent-Niedzielski, 36, lived in the city, where he'd worked at the European Parliament and as a journalist. Chekatt died in a shootout with police in Strasbourg Thursday.

According to some reports, Orent-Niedzielski fought the shooter and stopped him from entering a crowded club, possibly preventing more deaths. "I'll go to him and try to reason with him to give up".

A fifth victim wounded during an attack at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg has died, local authorities and relatives said Sunday.

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