Police in France kill man believed to be Strasbourg market shooting suspect


A man killed in Strasbourg in a shootout with police has been identified as the main suspect in a Christmas market attack that killed three people, said the office of the Paris prosecutor, which handles terrorism cases in France.

The man was identified as Charif Chekatt, a 29-year-old police had been searching for since Tuesday night’s attack near Strasbourg’s Christmas market, which also left 13 people wounded.

Earlier, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said police had been attempting to arrest a man fitting the suspect’s description when the man turned around and opened fire on them. Police responded, killing the shooter.

French police forces take position in the Neudorf district of Strasbourg, France, on Thursday.
(Jean-Francois Badias / Associated Press)