Strasbourg Attacker Had Pledged Allegiance to the Islamic State Group
The alleged gunman who shot and killed five people in a Christmas market attack this month in Strasbourg had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, an official says.
The judicial official said investigators have found a video stored on a USB stick in which Cherif Chekatt had claimed allegiance to the extremist group.
The video was discovered at Chekatt’s home.
Chekatt, 29, died in a shootout with police two days after his December 11 attack at Strasbourg’s popular Christmas market.
Shortly after his death, the Islamic State group’s Amaq news agency claimed he was a “soldier” of the group.
French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had rejected the claim as “totally opportunistic”.