Crime & Justice

What's known about the suspects in the Paris shooting

A police bulletin sought the public's help in finding two suspects in the deadly attack on a satirical magazine's Paris offices Wednesday. Pictured are brothers Cherif (left) and Said Kouachi.
A police bulletin sought the public's help in finding two suspects in the deadly attack on a satirical magazine's Paris offices Wednesday. Pictured are brothers Cherif (left) and Said Kouachi.
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French authorities are on the hunt today for two brothers: Said and Chérif Kouachi, 34 and 32. Police say that those two men are the main suspects in an attack on a satirical magazine in Paris that left 12 people dead.

Here's a round-up of what is known about the two men:

What's unclear, says Dina, is what happened to Kouachi since then. It's unclear whether he's ever traveled to Syria and it's unclear whether he had developed links to terrorist groups — including the Islamic State — since 2008.

"Libération, a French newspaper, described Chérif Kouachi as an orphan whose parents were Algerian immigrants. It said he was raised in foster care in Rennes, in western France, and trained as a fitness instructor before moving to Paris, where he lived with his brother Said in the home of a convert to Islam. He held menial jobs, working at times as a pizza delivery man, shop assistant and fishmonger.

"He was first arrested in 2005 in connection with a case centered on Farid Benyettou, a 26-year-old janitor-turned-preacher who gave sermons calling for jihad in Iraq and justifying suicide bombings. Among Mr. Benyettou's would-be recruits was Chérif Kouachi, then 22, who was detained as he prepared to leave for Syria, the first leg of a trip he hoped would take him to Iraq."

Citing Le Monde, Bloomberg adds that prosecutors decided to drop the case after holding Chérif for about four months.

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