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Strasbourg terrorist dies in shootout with French police

Paris/ Cherif Chekatt, the terrorist who killed three people and wounded 13 others in downtown Strasbourg earlier in the week was gunned down by French police on Thursday during a security operation in this eastern city after an intense two-day manhunt.

“Thanks to the collected mobilized services, to the police, gendarmes and soldiers. Our commitment against terrorism is total,” French President Emmanuel Macron said in a brief Twitter message.

The operation took place at 9 pm in Strasbourg’s Neudorf district, where Chekatt grew up and where his parents live.

Authorities had asked for the public’s help in tracking down Chekatt and according to Paris daily Le Figaro, a woman saw a wounded man who resembled the fugitive and called police.

Three police acted on the tip and when they attempted to arrest Chekatt, he turned on them and opened fire, whereupon the officers fired back, killing him – Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said in brief remarks to the press in Strasbourg.

On Thursday, the Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the Strasbourg Christmas market attack, with the Amaq news agency, which is linked to the jihadist group, stating that the shooting was carried out by a “soldier” of the IS.

In the search for Chekaff, which began immediately after the shooting Tuesday night, more than 700 police and security personnel had been deployed and French border security had been beefed up, given the fear that he might try to flee into nearby Germany.

Chekatt’s parents, two of his brothers and a person close to him have been under detention since Tuesday, while two of his sisters came to provide statements to authorities on Thursday but were not arrested.

Earlier in the evening, Castaner said that three of the 13 wounded were released from the hospital on Thursday, while three others were in very serious condition, hovering between life and death.

The medical exams and security camera videotapes showed that during the attack, in which Chekatt used an automatic pistol and a knife, he pointed his gun directly at his victims’ heads and fired at point-blank range. (December 13, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)

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Question 1
En la noticia se dice que...  
A
la policía francesa localizó al terrorista de Estrasburgo.
B
la policía continúa buscando al terrorista de Estrasburgo.
C
el terrorista de Estrasburgo logró huir nuevamente de la policía.
Question 2
Según el texto, ¿dónde se encontraba el terrorista?  
A
En un barrio francés.
B
En Alemania.
C
Justo en la frontera entre Francia y Alemania.
Question 3
Según la noticia...  
A
el terrorista no mostró resistencia.
B
el terrorista disparó a los agentes cuando le localizaron.
C
el terrorista se entregó a la policía.
Question 4
El terrorista se encuentra ileso tras el tiroteo.  
A
Es verdad.
B
No se sabe.
C
Para nada.
Question 5
Se había comenzado una intensa búsqueda tras el ataque del martes.    
A
Así es.
B
No se sabe.
C
Para nada.
Question 6
Según el vídeo, las autoridades afirmaron que...  
A
desconocen si el terrorista contó con la ayuda de otras personas.
B
el terrorista no había contado con el apoyo de otras personas.
C
algunas personas habían ayudado al terrorista.
Question 7
En el vídeo se dice que...  
A
lo localizaron por la investigación que estaban haciendo.
B
el propio terrorista se entregó a los agentes.
C
lo localizaron de forma casual.
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Un sinónimo de 'provocar' es...  
A
'causar'.
B
'perder'.
C
'impedir'.
Question 2
'Deambular' es...  
A
correr.
B
esconderse.
C
caminar sin seguir una dirección concreta.
Question 3
"En alusión" es igual que...  
A
'en referencia a'.
B
'sin referencia a'.
C
'en contra de'.
Question 4
Un sinónimo de 'reforzar' es...  
A
'debilitar'.
B
'desanimar'.
C
'intensificar'.
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