PARIS TERROR Part 2: Brothers identified as gunmen

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 8, 2015

French police have identified the two men responsible for killing 12 people, including two police men as well as the editor and three cartoonists, during the shootout yesterday morning at the office of Paris-based satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

Images released by authorities identify the gunman as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who were described as armed and dangerous. According to Sky News, the brothers are suspected to have links with a terrorist organisation in Yemen and had recently returned from Syria. It has since been reported that a third suspect, identified as 18-year old Hamyd Mourad, had handed himself over police after his name was leaked on social media.

According to details obtained by CNN, 32-year old Cherif had previously been jailed after being discovered as having links with terror organisations, while little is known about his 34-year old brother, who is reported to have left his identification document as the scene of shooting.

The gunmen, equipped with Kalashnikov rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade, opened fire on the magazine’s office just after 11h00 French time, in an attack linked the publication’s portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.

Videos taken by eyewitness shows the men wounding a police officer before shooting him at point blank range after reportedly yelling, “We have avenged the Prophet”, while another shows them shooting wildly in the street and yelling out statements.

French President Francois Hollande has declared a day of national mourning with many taking to twitter to voice their sympathy and horror of the attack with #JeSuisCharlie, translated as I Am Charlie.

 

CAPTION: Picture released by police identifying brothers Cherif (left) and Said Kouachi (right) as the gunmen who carried out the attack on satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. IMAGE sourced from cbsnews.com

 

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