Strasbourg attacker pledged allegiance to ISIS, says judicial source

A man holds a placard near a makeshift memorial in Strasbourg paying tribute to the attack victims.
A man holds a placard near a makeshift memorial in Strasbourg paying tribute to the attack victims.PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - A man who shot dead five people and wounded 11 others at a famed Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in a video, a judicial source said on Saturday (Dec 22).

The video was found in a USB key belonging to Cherif Chekatt, 29, who was shot and killed by police after a two-day manhunt in the city following the Dec 11 attack.

ISIS claimed Chekatt was one of their "fighters", but this was dismissed by French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner.

Chekatt's father, Abdelkrim, had said his son believed ISIS "fought for a good cause".

"I always told him they were criminals," his father added.

Four of the five people killed in the attack were foreigners or born abroad.

They included a Thai tourist, a Franco-Afghan garage owner, an Italian journalist and a former Pole who had lived in Strasbourg for the past 20 years.

 

The dead also included a 61-year-old Frenchman who had just retired and was shot in the head as he stepped out of a restaurant.