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French police identify 3 suspects in attack that killed 12

1 year 11 months 2 days ago January 07, 2015 Jan 7, 2015 Wednesday, January 07 2015 January 07, 2015 3:19 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Jamey Keaten and Lori Hinnant

PARIS - French police officials say they have identified three men as suspects in a deadly attack against newspaper offices that killed 12 people and shook the nation.

Two officials named the suspects as Frenchmen Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, in their early 30s, as well as 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality wasn't immediately clear.

One of the officials said they were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to publicly discuss the sensitive and ongoing investigation.

Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq's insurgency and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

No arrests have been confirmed in the hunt for the attackers. It was the deadliest attack in France in half a century.

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