Fifth Strasbourg attack victim dies, local authorities say
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Fifth Strasbourg attack victim dies, local authorities say

French prosecutor’s office confirms that Polish man succumbed to wounds sustained in attack on Christmas market

French policemen patrol during the reopening of the Christmas Market of Strasbourg, in eastern France, on December 14, 2018. (SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)
French policemen patrol during the reopening of the Christmas Market of Strasbourg, in eastern France, on December 14, 2018. (SEBASTIEN BOZON / AFP)

A fifth victim wounded during an attack at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg died on Sunday, authorities and relatives said.

The prosecutor’s office confirmed Sunday that a Polish national had died after being injured by Cherif Chekatt in Tuesday’s rampage.

“My brother Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski has just passed away. He thanks you for the love and strength you have given him,” the brother of the 36-year-old victim from the Polish city of Katowice wrote on Facebook.

Chekatt, 29, attacked Christmas market shoppers armed with a gun and a knife, before being killed by police two days later.

Orent-Niedzielski and his Italian friend Antonio Megalizzi had tried to stop Chekatt from entering a bar during Tuesday’s assault, a close friend told AFP.

Megalizzi, 28, died from his injuries on Friday.

Nicknamed “Bartek,” Orent-Niedzielski had lived in Strasbourg for 20 years, according to his friend.

Eleven people were also injured in the bloodbath, with several still in a critical condition.

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