PARIS TERROR Part 3: Suspects flee after robbing petrol station

BY CHARL BOSCH - JANUARY 8, 2015

French police are investigating the scene of a robbery at a petrol station in the north of country, reportedly committed by the two gunmen responsible for the attack on the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine yesterday, in which 12 people were killed.

According to the BBC, the petrol station manager claims that two heavily armed men, resembling the attackers, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, entered the store near the town of Villers-Cotterets just after 10h30 local time, before firing off shots and fleeing with food and petrol in the direction of Paris in a grey Renault Clio, the same vehicle police believed the brothers had stolen after carrying out the attack on the magazine.

Authorities in the United Kingdom have since announced that it will be beefing up security at its ports as well as searching cross-channel bound cars and trucks.

Yesterday evening, police carried out a raid on an apartment complex in the northeastern city of Reims, arresting seven people believed to have been friends or associates of the brothers.

The latest news comes after a female police officer died in a Parisian hospital after two men, equipped with assaults rifles, opened up fire on her and her partner. One suspect is said to have been arrested while the other fled on foot. It remains unclear as to whether both incidents are related.

 

CAPTION: Still image of the petrol the station in Northen France believed to have been robbed by the same men responsible for the attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine. IMAGE sourced from Sky News

 

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