Chris Phillips, former head of the UK National Counter Terrorism Security Office noted that this border city had been the scene of attempted Islamic terrorist attacks before.
EuroNews“Strasbourg has a particular problem because it’s right by the border with Germany and, of course, there’s a large (Muslim migrant) movement across and police forces don’t work well across borders either, so it’s very difficult for the police to totally prevent these attacks,” he said. He added that it was “no surprise” that a Christmas market was targeted. “Christmas markets are a) a Christian gathering, but also they are lots of people, and that’s what … this particular band of Muslim terrorists wants to attack.”
The Muslim gunman is still on the run and French police have launched a massive manhunt. is supposed to have been injured in a gunfight with soldiers as he reportedly shot at them while they were on a patrol near the Strasbourg market. French Police confirmed the gunman, one Chekatt Chérif, aged 29, and born in Strasbourg, is on the national “Fiche S” list of people, basically on a ‘terror-watch list.’
How did the Muslim terrorist manage to escape?