French anti-terrorism police converged on an area northeast of Paris on Thursday as search intensified for two brothers suspected to have killed 12 people a day earlier in an attack on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
Officers carried out house-to-house searches in the village of Corcy, a few kilometers from a service station where the brothers were said to have been spotted, Reuters reported.
The fugitive suspects — Cherif and Said Kouachi – are French-born sons of Algerian-born parents, both in their early 30s, and already under police surveillance, the report said.
One was jailed for 18 months for trying to travel to Iraq a decade ago to fight as part of an Islamist cell. Police said they were “armed and dangerous”.
A third person wanted by police, an 18-year-old man, turned himself into police in Charleville-Mézières near the Belgian border late on Wednesday. He is said to be the brother-in-law of one of the brothers. French media quoted friends as saying he was in school at the time of the attack.
Meanwhile, in another incident in Paris, a policewoman was killed in a shootout with a gunman wearing a bulletproof vest on Thursday morning, setting a tense nation further on edge, the report said.
It was not clear if the incident was linked to the previous day’s assault at Charlie Hebdo, a publication that had earned the ire of Muslim extremists for lampooning Islam.
In the wake of the killings, authorities tightened security at transport hubs, religious sites, media offices and stores. Authorities also increased their presence at entry points to Paris.
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