Death toll rises in Strasbourg market attack
Australian owners and operators of crowded places are advised to be vigilant during the festive season. Recent Islamist extremist propaganda has called for terrorist attacks during the holidays against Australian interests overseas.
In 2016 and 2017 Australian-based Islamist extremists planned to target crowded places during Christmas and New Year’s Day. Those planned attacks were disrupted by law enforcement. Stratium Global recommends organisations talk to all staff, but particularly security and front-line staff, about potential threats posed during this time.
The warnings come after an attack on the crowded and popular Christmas markets in the French city of Strasbourg. Five people died and a dozen more were injured after gunman Cherif Chekatt opened fire on the crowds.
UPDATE: After a two-day manhunt in France and Germany, French Police shot dead 29-year-old Chekatt.