Who says it's all bad news, all the time?

Christmas Market terrorist shot dead.

Chérif Chekatt had been on the run since Tuesday after the attack, which also left 13 people injured.

He was killed after a police operation was launched in the Neudorf-Meinau area of the French city at about 9pm local time.

French interior minister Christophe told reporters three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him. He was understood to be hiding in a warehouse.

Far better this way than a lengthy trial and a short jail time, as is the usual European custom.