Two men were arrested Monday in the investigation into the attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg, investigators seeking to verify the role they could play in the supply of the weapon used by the killer, has we learn from concordant sources.
The two suspects, aged 29, were arrested in eastern France by police officers of the antiterrorist sub-department (Sdat), and placed in police custody, said these sources, confirming information franceinfo . The investigators want to verify the role that these two people could play in the supply of the weapon to Chérif Chekatt, author of the attack of Strasbourg, specified a source close to the file. Known to the police for common law matters, they have both been in contact with the killer.
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Cherif Chekatt, 29, killed five people and wounded 11 others in the historic center of Strasbourg on 11 December 2018 with a knife and a revolver. He was shot dead by a police patrol after two days of stalking in a neighborhood in the south of the city. The assailant, a multi-criminal offender identified for Islamist radicalization, pledged allegiance to the jihadist Islamic State (IS) organization in a video found on a USB key. A defensive grenade, another revolver and ammunition had been found at his home.
Five people were indicted at this stage as part of the investigation into this attack, suspected of being linked to the delivery of the revolver used by Chérif Chekatt.