The gunman suspected of killing at least three people and wounding 13 others in the French city of Strasbourg has been killed by French police, reports suggest.
Cherif Chekatt had been on the run for 48 hours, police sources add.
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Chekatt was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometres from where he launched his attack on Tuesday.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him.
He turned to fire on them and they shot and killed him, Castaner told reporters.
“I think it will help to get back to a life that I would describe as normal,” Strasbourg Mayor Roland Ries told reporters after news that Chekatt had been killed.
“With the death of this terrorist … citizens, like me are relieved,” he said.
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