Propaganda agency claims Strasbourg attacker was an Isis soldier

The gunman who killed three people at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market was one of the "soldiers" of the so-called Islamic State jihadist group (Daesh), its propaganda agency said Thursday.

Propaganda agency claims Strasbourg attacker was an Isis soldier
French police officers and forensics search for evidence at the site where Cherif Chekatt was shot dead

The perpetrator of “the attack in the city of Strasbourg… is one of the soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls to target nationals of the coalition” against IS, the Amaq agency said in a message posted on Twitter.

An international US-led coalition has been carrying out strikes against the jihadists since 2014 as well as providing training and other support to forces battling IS in Iraq and Syria.

In addition to fighting on the ground in those countries, IS has inspired attacks in multiple western countries.

French police on Thursday killed gunman Cherif Chekatt, who had been on the run since carrying out the shooting in eastern France on Tuesday night. 

More than 700 French security forces had been hunting for the 29-year-old, who was believed to have been injured after exchanging fire with soldiers 
during the attack but managed to escape.

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Death toll from Strasbourg attack rises to five

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

Death toll from Strasbourg attack rises to five
Photo: AFP

The prosecutor's office confirmed Sunday that a Polish national had died after being injured by Cherif Chekatt in Tuesday's rampage.

“My brother Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski has just passed away. He thanks you for the love and strength you have given him,” the brother of the 36-year-old victim from the Polish city of Katowice wrote on Facebook.

Chekatt, 29, attacked Christmas market shoppers armed with a gun and a knife, before being killed by police two days later.

Orent-Niedzielski and his Italian friend Antonio Megalizzi had tried to stop Chekatt from entering a bar during Tuesday's assault, a close friend told AFP.

Megalizzi, 28, died from his injuries on Friday. 

Nicknamed “Bartek”, Orent-Niedzielski had lived in Strasbourg for 20 years, according to his friend.

Eleven people were also injured in the bloodbath, with several still in a critical condition.