Date
11 December 2017
A woman holds up a front page of Charlie Hebdo saying "Love is stronger than hate" at a gathering in Rennes, France, after the fatal Paris shootings. Photo: AFP
A woman holds up a front page of Charlie Hebdo saying "Love is stronger than hate" at a gathering in Rennes, France, after the fatal Paris shootings. Photo: AFP

One of three Paris gunmen surrenders after 12 killed at weekly

The youngest of three French citizens sought after suspected Islamist militants killed 12 people in Paris turned himself in to police, Reuters reported Thursday.

The hooded gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly known for lampooning Islam and other religions, Wednesday in the most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.

A huge manhunt was in progress for two of the attackers, who escaped by car after shooting dead some of France’s top cartoonists and two police officers.

A police document named the suspects as Said Kouachi, born in 1980, his brother Cherif Kouachi, born in 1982, both from Paris, and Hamyd Mourad, born in 1996.

One of them was identified by his identity card, which had been left in the getaway car, the report said, citing a police source.

BFM TV, citing unidentified sources, said the youngest suspect decided to go to the police after seeing his name in social media. It said other arrests had taken place in circles linked to the two brothers.

The police source said Cherif Kouachi had been convicted of a terrorism-related charge in 2005 and served 18 months in prison. He had been part of an Islamist cell that enlisted French citizens from a mosque in Paris to go to Iraq to fight Americans there. 

Police published pictures of the two brothers Thursday morning, describing the two men as “armed and dangerous”.

During the attack Wednesday, one of the assailants was captured on video outside the building shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (“Allah is greater [than any other god]” in Arabic) as shots rang out.

Another walked over to a police officer lying wounded on the street and shot him point-blank with an assault rifle before the two attackers drove off.

The third man was not seen in any of the footage.

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