Islamic State not responsible for Strasbourg bloodshed, says France's interior minister

Updated: Dec 15, 2018, 12:40 IST | Agencies | Strasbour

We're dealing with a man who was consumed by evil," Castaner said

Christophe Castaner, interior minister
Christophe Castaner, interior minister

France's interior minister on Friday dismissed a claim by the Islamic State group that it was responsible for a shooting spree at a Christmas market in Strasbourg after the gunman Cherif Chekatt was shot dead by police.

Interior minister Christophe Castaner dismissed as "completely opportunistic" a Twitter post by the IS propaganda wing which claimed Chekatt, a career criminal with 27 convictions in four countries, was one of its "soldiers." "We're dealing with a man who was consumed by evil," Castaner said. Questions remain over how Chekatt was able to evade the tight security perimeter around the market.

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