Armed French Police teams backed by helicopters tracked two heavily armed brothers with al-Qaida sympathies suspected in the newsroom massacre of satirical French weekly Charlie Hebdo. Twelve people were shot and killed in this attack. Police are in the lookout for Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34 suspected of carrying out this attack, however a younger participant in this attack 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, surrendered and is fully cooperating with the law enforcement authorities
Since all western nations are cooperating in this matter a senior US official said Thursday the elder Kouachi had traveled to Yemen, although it was unclear whether he was there to work with extremist groups like al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based there.
Both men were also on the US no fly list, a senior US counterterrorism official said. This attack led to beefed up security around all major paris monuments and the lights of the Eiffel Tower went out Thursday night in a tribute to the dead from the elegant iron lady that symbolizes France to the world. At noon, the Paris Metro came to a standstill and a crowd fell silent near the Notre Dame Cathedral.
French President Francois Hollande said “France has been struck directly in the heart of its capital, in a place where the spirit of liberty _ and thus of resistance _ breathed freely.”
Cherif Kouachi was sentenced to 18 months in prison in 2008 for trying to join up with fighters battling in Iraq. of the people who were killed Eight were journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor and in this attack 11 people were wounded, four of them critically. The news paper was attacked because of it caricatured the Prophet Muhammad which previously led to a fire bombing of the office.Charlie Hebdo planned a special edition next week, housed in the offices of another paper.
“The paper will continue because they haven’t won,” Patrick Pelloux, a Charlie Hebdo columnist said tearfully to iTele TV.
Editor Stephane Charbonnier companion, Jeannette Bougrab said those slain, “symbolized secularism … the combat against fundamentalism,” and Stephane Charbonnier “He was ready to die for his ideas,” she said.
After the attack two mosques in France were firebombed on Thursday and a women police officer was killed in Montrouge, on the southern edge of Paris. But no link has been confirmed thus far between that killing and the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
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