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Suspects tracked to woods less than 50 miles north of Paris

Following yesterday's horrific and brutal attack at the Paris office of the French satirical magazine "Charlie Hebdo," French anti-terrorism police have converged in force on a forested region northeast of Paris, where they believe two of the suspected terrorists are hiding.

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By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
1/8/2015 (6 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: France, Paris, Islam, Charlie Hebdo

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials are still unsure if there are in fact three suspects, or just two, but the gunmen who killed 12 people during the early morning attack on Wednesday have been identified as Said and Cherif Kouachi, two brothers, both in their early 30s.

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A third suspect, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, has been apprehended by police in the town of Charleville-Mezieres, about 140 miles north of Paris, though it is unclear if he was involved in the attacks. Officials have reported that he did not put up a fight.

Police officials have reported that the two men were last seen armed at a gas station about 45 miles from France's capital, where they stole gasoline.

Hot on the heels of the devastating attack, another shooting took place in Paris, this time a policewoman was killed and another city worker wounded by a man who was seen similarly equipped and dressed as the two brothers.

It is unclear at this time if this second incident is related to the first, or is just a terrorist attack of opportunity or a copycat killing.

Eight members of Charlie Hebdo were killed in the shooting attack, gathered together during an editorial meeting. Two police officers were also killed, as was a guest of the magazine, and four others are seriously wounded.

Witnesses report hearing the attackers cry out "God is great" in Arabic (Allahu Ackbar), and that they had "avenged the Prophet".

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Charlie Hebdo has a long history of lampooning religions, governments and persons, and first became a target for Islam in 2012, after they published a cartoon mocking the prophet Muhammad following riots throughout the Middle East and North Africa  over the release of a trailer for an American made film which depicted the Muslim founder in a less than favorable light.

That year they were firebombed, but the magazine's editor, Stephane Charbonnier, refused to back down or apologize.

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