Pole hurt in Strasbourg attack dies: report
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A Polish man injured in a gun attack on a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg has died in hospital, according to a report.
People visit the Christmas Market, in Strasbourg, France, 14 December 2018, where a terror attack took place. Photo: EPA/RONALD WITTEK
The death toll of Tuesday evening’s attack rose to five following Bartosz Niedzielski’s demise on Sunday, France's Le Monde daily reported.
Niedzielski was shot in the head while standing next to Italian journalist Antonio Megalizzi, who died on Friday due to injuries sustained in the assault.
Both men at the time of the attack rushed at the perpetrator preventing him from entering a venue where a concert was taking place, according to reports.
Police have identified the suspect as Cherif Chekatt, 29, a French citizen of Moroccan descent. According to media reports, he is listed by intelligence services as a potential security risk.
The Reuters news agency reported last week that Chekatt was known to have been religiously radicalised while in prison.
Polish President Andrzej Duda tweeted on Sunday that Niedzielski “worked for the European Parliament” and added: “I knew him by sight. I had no idea that it was him who was fatally injured trying to defend other people. Hail to his memory!”
The Polish foreign ministry said: “We offer our deep sympathy to [the late Niedzielski’s] closest family. Our hearts go out to them over their loss.”
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani tweeted: “Rest in peace. Let’s fight terrorism until victory.”
Source: Rzeczpospolita, Le Monde, WP, IAR