1. Paris attack gunman was from same jihadist cell as Charlie Hebdo attack suspects: Police

Paris attack gunman was from same jihadist cell as Charlie Hebdo attack suspects: Police

The man suspected of killing a policewoman in a southern suburb of Paris on Thursday before fleeing the scene was a member of the same jihadist group...

By: | Paris | Updated: January 9, 2015 6:23 PM
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A French policeman stands in front of the entrance of Paris Mosque as French Muslims gather for Friday prayers in Paris January 9, 2015, following Wednesday’s deadly attack at the Paris offices of weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by two masked gunmen who shouted Islamist slogans. The two main suspects in the 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 man suspected of killing a policewoman in a southern suburb of Paris on Thursday before fleeing the scene was a member of the same jihadist group as the two suspects in the attack at weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a police source told Reuters.

The assailant believed to be behind the shooting in the Montrouge area knew Cherif and Said Kouachi, the brothers suspected of killing 10 journalists and two police officers in Wednesday’s assault, the source said on Friday.

The man, wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying an assault rifle and a handgun, fled in a Renault Clio from the scene after the attack and is still on the run.

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Employees of the Council of Europe hold placards which read “I am Charlie” during a minute of silence in front of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg January 9, 2015, two days after gunmen stormed weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. (Reuters)

Two people have been arrested in an investigation by anti-terrorist authorities, the source said.

The three men were all members of the same Paris jihadist cell that a decade ago sent young French volunteers to Iraq to fight U.S. forces.
Cherif Kouachi served 18 months in prison for his role in the group.

The Montrouge suspect was sentenced in 2010 for his role in a botched prison break-out of Smain Ali Belkacem, the author of a 1995 attack on the Paris transport system that killed eight people and wounded 120.

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A French policeman stands in front of the entrance of Paris Mosque as French Muslims gather for Friday prayers in Paris January 9, 2015, following Wednesday’s deadly attack at the Paris offices of weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo by two masked gunmen who shouted Islamist slogans. (Reuters)

Cherif Kouachi was similarly implicated in that break-out attempt, but his case was eventually dropped.

The Kouachi brothers, at the centre of a massive manhunt, are now holed up in a printing shop in the northern town of Dammartin-en-Goele and have taken a hostage, the authorities said.

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