A massive manhunt for Cherif Chekatt, the chief suspect in the Tuesday evening shooting spree on the streets of Strasbourg, which left three people dead and 13 others wounded, including one who is described as brain-dead, ended on Thursday evening when the 29-year-old died in a firefight with police in the eastern French city.
A Thai tourist was among two people killed and an Italian journalist and a garagist of Afghan origin were reported to be among the 13 others wounded in a shooting spree on the streets of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening when a gunman, apparently acting alone and who witnesses say shouted "god is greater" in Arabic, succeeded in escaping the scene.
Chérif Chekatt, the 29-year-old Strasbourg-born man currently wanted as the chief suspect for the deadly street shooting spree in the city on Tuesday evening when two people were killed and 13 others wounded, had served prison sentences for 27 different convictions in France, Germany and Switzerland, notably for armed robbery and assault, and was, according to the French interior ministry, drawn to radical Islamic circles while in jail.
More than 700 French police and security personnel are involved in the search for a 29-year-old man, who had been monitered by internal intelligence services as a potential terrorist risk, after two people were killed and 13 others wounded, one of who was left brain-dead, in a shooting on Tuesday evening the streets of the eastern city of Strasbourg.
A gunman identified on CCTV footage, and reportedly known to French internal intelligence services as a supporter of radical Islamic movements, has evaded arrest after three people were shot dead and at least 12 others wounded on the streets of the city of Strasbourg in eastern France, when an army security patrol wounded the 29-year-old before his escape.
A Catholic church service, attended by religious leaders including local imams as well as mourners, survivors and rescue workers, was held on Sunday in the small town of Trèbes, near Carcassonne in south-west France, for the four victims of the Friday shooting attacks perpetrated by a 25-year-old gunman who claimed to be acting in the name of the so-called Islamic State group.
The death toll from the shooting spree in and around the town of Carcassonne on Friday has risen to four after gendarmerie officer Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame, who was described as 'a hero' by President Emmanuel Macron, volunteered to swap places with a woman taken hostage by the lone gunman before being shot several times, died overnight from his wounds.
Gendarmerie Lt-Col Arnaud Beltrame, 45, who voluntered to swap places with a woman taken hostage as a human shield by a Moroccan-French national Redouane Lakdim who, acting in the name of the Islamic State group had taken over a supermarket in south-west France after killing three people in separate attacks, was on Friday in hospital in a critical condition after being shot several times by the 25-year-old gunman before a special-forces police unit stormed the store.
The 31-year-old shot dead his girlfriend's father and two passers by, and shot and wounded his girlfriend, her mother and sister before fatally shooting himself in a residential road in Paris suburb Sarcelles.
An off-duty police officer shot dead his wife and two of his children, aged three and five, before turning the gun on himself on the platform of a train station in Noyon, about 100 kilometres north of Paris, local public prosecutor Virginie Girard told reporters.
French investigators admit that time is running out in their efforts to explain the murders on September 5th 2012 of British-Iraqi family members Saad al-Hilli, 50, his wife Iqbal, 47, and her 74-year-old mother, who were shot dead in a layby near the French Alps village of Chevaline along with French cyclist Sylvain Mollier.
Several questions remain unexplained surrounding the attack that left a police officer dead and two others wounded on the Champs-Elysées on Thursday evening, notably whether the assailant who was shot dead, 39-year-old French national Karim Cheurfi, was in relation with Islamic State group, as it has claimed.
At least one police officer was killed and two others wounded when a gunman, who was subsequently shot dead in return fire, attacked a police vehicle on the popular Champs-Elysées avenue in central Paris using what the interior ministry described as an 'automatic weapon'.
Following the death of the suspect who was due to stand trial this month for the fatal shootings of three women in the Paris Kurdish Information Centre four years ago, all court proceedings have now been closed.