Death toll in Strasbourg Christmas market attack rises to 4

Death toll in Strasbourg Christmas market attack rises to 4 

Candles, letters and flowers at a place close to the Christmas Market, in Strasbourg, France, where a terror attack took place Dec. 14 2018. EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK

Pairs, Dec 14 (efe-epa).- A fourth person died on Friday as a result of severe injuries following a shooting attack on a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg, the country’s anti-terror prosecutor told EFE.

Rémy Heitz said another victim remained brain-dead and for that reason stated the death toll for Tuesday evening’s attack could continue to rise.

The assailant, 29-year-old Chérif Chekatt, was shot dead by police in Strasbourg late Thursday, two days after he opened fire at revelers enjoying the festive market, killing four and injuring 12 before he fled in a taxi.

The Christmas market in Strasbourg, located in the east of the country, near the German border, is considered one of the oldest in France.

Chekatt was a known delinquent in France, Germany and Switzerland.