(CNN)The perpetrator of Tuesday night’s terror attack near the Strasbourg Christmas market was shot and killed by police, multiple French media reported on Thursday.
Cherif Chekatt, 29, is accused of killing at least three people and wounding 13 others on Tuesday in a terrorist attack near the Christmas market in Strasbourg. French prosecutors said the suspect shouted the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar,” meaning “God is greatest,” at the time of the attack.
He was killed after a two-day manhunt that prompted a curfew in the eastern French city near the German border and forced the country to raise its national security threat level. Hundreds of police and military officers across three European countries were involved in the search.
Authorities said Chekatt entered the perimeter of the famed market, one of the oldest in Europe, by the city’s Corbeau Bridge and started shooting at passers-by on the Rue des Orfèvres around 8 p.m., when many were in the middle of their Christmas shopping.
Anti-terror police flooded the market and tried to arrest the suspected gunman. He exchanged fire with security forces, suffering an injury to his arm. Chekatt used a handgun and a knife to kill people, Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz said.
The suspected gunman then jumped into a taxi and fled the scene, Heitz said.