Hostage-taking at Paris kosher supermarket linked to Charlie Hebdo killers
A heavily armed man took at least five people in a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday. The attacker is believed to be the suspect identified in Thursday's fatal shooting a policewoman and is reported to be linked with the two brothers wanted for Wednesday's massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine.
Shooting erupted in the kosher grocery store at Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Friday afternoon with reports of six people taken hostage.
"It is the Montrouge shooter," a police source said, referring to Thursday's killing of a female police officer just outside the capital.
Police on Friday said that a link had been established between the Montrouge suspect and Chérif and Saïd Kouachi.
They knew each other, according to France 2 TV, while weekly Le Point said that they belonged to the same jihadist network, which was sending would-be fighters to Iraq, leading to Chérif Kouachi's imprisonment in 2005.
"The suspect has been identified. Two people very close to him have been taken into custody," a police source said.
On Friday afternoon police issued a wanted notice for a woman and a man - Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, and Amedy Coulibaly, 32 - in connection with the Paris violence.
Both were likely to be armed and dangerous, they warned.
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