Eli Ridder | Report

Authorities in France are continuing the manhunt on Thursday for the gunman who opened fire and killed at least three individuals at the Strasbourg Christmas Market on Tuesday.

Local police have released a wanted poster for Cherif Chekatt, 29, who authorities say developed radical religious views while in jail, reported AFP news agency.

Two were killed on the spot at the internationally popular market and a third died in hospital, with a fourth declared brain dead. At least 13 were injured, some of who are in critical condition.

France has raised its security threat to the highest level in response to Tuesday evening’s shooting rampage, which Strasbourg’s mayor said was indisputably an act of terrorism, with anti-terror police investigating.

Over 700 police are taking part in Thursday’s manhunt, Reuters reported, as the market in Strasbourg remains closed, a city also home to the European Union’s European Parliament.

Chekatt was known to French police prior to the incident. He has 27 criminal convictions and spent time in French, Swiss and German jails.

Police are prepared to take him dead or alive.

More details to follow. Image from AFP.

Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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