Arrests as France hunts gunmen

PARIS - Police in France have made seven arrests as they hunt for two named suspects over the deadly attack in Paris on staff at a satirical magazine.

The seven, connected to the two main suspects, were detained in the towns of Reims and Charleville-Mezieres, as well as in the Paris area, police said.

Photos were released of two brothers suspected of involvement in the attack.

France is mourning the 12 people killed when Charlie Hebdo was targeted by gunmen shouting Islamist slogans.

Reports are coming in from Paris of a shooting at a metro station in the south of Paris. At least one police officer is reported to have been injured. It is not known whether the incident is linked to the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

French President Francois Hollande is presiding over an emergency cabinet meeting in Paris.

A minute's silence will be observed at midday across the country and the bells of Notre Dame in the capital will toll.

Arrest warrants were issued for Cherif and Said Kouachi, said to be "armed and dangerous". A third suspect has surrendered.

Cherif Kouachi was sentenced in 2008 to three years in prison for belonging to a Paris-based group sending jihadist fighters to Iraq.

A third suspect, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad handed himself in to police in Charleville-Mezieres. He reportedly surrendered after hearing his name on the news.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 8 January 2015

shouting GOD is GREAT is not Islamist.

hassan - 8 January 2015

Shouting GOD is GREAT is not Islamist, so says Hassan. Fair, but please point out also to your readers than deception is part of this religion. That's why you find nothing wrong in saying this with a straight face.

Hassan x 2 - 8 January 2015

Islam is not a deceptive religion.mocking the prophet of Islam was always going to be met with consequences believe or not.

hassan - 8 January 2015

What kind of religion advocates for violence?

Tahir Iqbal - 8 January 2015

Why would the so called terrrorists carry their ID books, knowing their mission was to kill and get away?and not die on the scene.This whole thing was staged by the WEST so as to blame the muslims and get a proper leverage to attack Syria and remove ASSAD who happens to be the last man standing after the Arab Spring.Just like they did with the 9/11 to attack Afghanistan and Iraq. how did two young men who where on 24 hour suveillance by the all powerful French cops knew there was a meeting taking place on that day?why is it taking so long for 88 000 elite cops just to find the two guys?we are going to be told when they where cornered they committed suicide.

chokwadi - 9 January 2015

@Chokwadi. These islamist guys are deadly, making use of deadly bombs to protect their God. If God is God, He surely doesnt need our protection or anti-blasphemy laws, he will fight for himself all those who desecrate him. This religion is not without guilt. Its responsible for so much violence in the name of their God. That is surely a farce. A God so powerful to create the universe being defended & protected against by mere mortals....thats no religion. Islam spreads by force of arms & conquest 18th Century style. I have no kind words for them despite their religion being called "Peace".

Bhinikwa - 11 January 2015

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