Gathering in Strasbourg remembers victims of market attack

One person has been killed and six people injured in a shooting near a Christmas market in the eastern French city of Strasbourg. (AFP)
Updated 16 December 2018
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Gathering in Strasbourg remembers victims of market attack

  • French authorities are still investigating the Strasbourg Christmas market attack
  • The shooter was killed in a massive manhunt launched by the French police on Thursday night

PARIS: A memorial is being held at a square in the eastern French city of Strasbourg to remember the four people who were shot dead and the dozen who were wounded by a gunman several days ago.
The gathering Sunday morning was in Kleber Square by the city’s famed Christmas market, near where the gunman opened fire Tuesday evening.
French authorities launched a massive manhunt after the attack that ended Thursday night when the main suspect, Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in a shootout with police in the city neighborhood where he grew up.
French authorities are still investigating the Strasbourg Christmas market attack. Chekatt’s parents and his two brothers, who had been held by police for questioning for several days, were released on Saturday.


Car bomb attack kills eight security force members in Afghanistan’s south

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Car bomb attack kills eight security force members in Afghanistan’s south

  • The bomber detonated an explosives-packed car close to the governor’s convoy on a major highway between Logar and the capital Kabul
  • Logar is vulnerable to attacks due to the Taliban’s active presence in most areas of the province

KABUL: A car bomb attack on a convoy of the governor of Afghanistan’s southern Logar province killed at least eight Afghan security force members on Sunday morning but left the provincial chief unharmed, local officials said.
Shahpoor Ahmadzai, the spokesman for Logar’s provincial police, said the bomber detonated an explosives-packed car close to the governor’s convoy on a major highway between Logar and the capital Kabul.
“Unfortunately 10 others are wounded, and the number of casualties may rise” Ahmadzai said, adding that the provincial chief of the country’s intelligence agency was also in the convoy but unhurt in the attack.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said in a statement that the group was responsible for the blast and that a “large number” of Afghan special forces had been killed or wounded.
Logar, located around 75 kilometers from Kabul, is known as a strategic gateway to the capital and is vulnerable to attacks due to the Taliban’s active presence in most areas of the province.
The militant group have ramped up attacks in strategic provinces in recent months in their battle to expel foreign forces, topple the Western-backed government and restore their version of hardline Islamic law, even as peace talks with the United States ramp up.