A TERRORIST who shot dead three and injured 12 at a French Christmas Market was a Muslim extremist known to French security services.
Cherif Chekatt, 29, shouted “Allah Akbar” during the attack, according to Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz.
“Considering the target, his way of operating, his profile and the testimonies of those who heard him yell ‘Allahu Akbar’, the anti-terrorist police has been called into action,” Heitz said Wednesday.
Terror police and soldiers cornered the shooter in a shop after the bloodbath but he slipped through the net after he hijacked a taxi at gunpoint.
The Sun reported: “The 29-year-old gunman – partially named by police sources as Cherif C – is still at large despite a massive police operation.”
More than 600 police and soldiers are hunting the 29-year-old suspect – named by police sources as Cherif C.
A terror investigation has been launched and the city is on total lockdown.
France has raised its threat level to ‘attack emergency’ – its highest level – after the shooting.