1. Charlie Hebdo attack: French govt ‘almost certain’ suspects circled

Charlie Hebdo attack: French govt ‘almost certain’ suspects circled

The French government said there was little doubt that it had located the two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings...

By: | Paris | Updated: January 9, 2015 3:57 PM
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French gendarmes secure the roundabout near the scene of a hostage taking at an industrial zone in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris January 9, 2015. The two main suspects in the weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo killings were sighted on Friday in the northern French town of Dammartin-en-Goele where at least one person had been taken hostage, a police source said. (Reuters)

The French government said there was little doubt that it had located the two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings at a light industrial unit in northern France where police sources said earlier a hostage-taking was going on.

“We are almost certain it is those two individuals holed up in that building,” Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told iTELE television on Friday.

Je Suis Charlie, Charlie Hebdo attack, Paris shooting

A girl holds a sign that reads in French (Je Suis Charlie): ‘I am Charlie’ during a vigil in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, outside France’s embassy in Guatemala City. (AP)

The fugitive suspects are French-born sons of Algerian-born parents, both in their early 30s, and already under police surveillance. One was jailed for 18 months for trying to travel to Iraq a decade ago to fight as part of an Islamist cell. Police said they were “armed and dangerous”.

The two brothers are suspected of being the Islamist gunmen who killed 12 people at the French satirical weekly on Wednesday.

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A helicopter with members of the French intervention gendarme forces hover above the scene of a hostage taking at an industrial zone in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris. (Reuters)

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