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Identification of Charlie Hebdo suspects supports Islamist scenario with vigilante attacks on Muslim assets likely across France

08 January 2015


Further details have emerged of the shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine on 7 January.

Twelve people are confirmed dead, including nine journalists, a bodyguard and two police officers. French police have released the names of three suspects: Hamyd Mourad (18), Cherif Kouachi (32) and his brother, Said Kouachi (34).

Cherif faced terrorism charges in 2008 for sending jihadists from France to Iraq, and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Mourad has already handed himself in to police, although has made no statement.

Separately, another shooting was reported on the morning of 8 January in Montrouge, southwestern Paris, in which a female police officer was killed by automatic gunfire.

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