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France’s Interior Minister has today confirmed that the man suspected of opening fire at a Christmas market has been shot dead. Cherif Chekatt killed three people and injured 13 in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday. Robert Spencer, Director of Jihad Watch and Author of the History of Jihad: From Muhammad to ISIS talk about it.
“France has a very serious problem with terrorism. The French interior minister said yesterday that Cherif Chekatt, the Strasbourg murderer, was being watched in a relatively serious manner which means he wasn't being watched at all because obviously, he was able to carry out this attack and French authorities had gone to arrest him that day but couldn't find him. The French security forces have said that there are 12,000 people on their list for suspected Islamist views and 4,000 of those are considered problematic and they have said it would be impossible for them to keep an eye on them” – he said.
“This is a very serious admission because the Islamic State, ISIS, published a pamphlet called ‘The Black Flag from Rome' detailing how they were going to conquer Europe and in it they said that they were going to overwhelm western intelligence services with so many plots and attacks they simply wouldn't be able to keep up. It said this, ‘as the western nations get poorer, their intelligence services will continue to exist but they simply won't have enough manpower to analyze it all'. This is exactly what we're seeing now in France” – he added.
2018.12.15 / 14:18