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Charlie Hebdo attack: ‘Seven detained’ in hunt for the killers

Sources said that men and women close to the two brothers were currently being questioned by the police.

By: Agence France Presse | Paris |
Updated: January 8, 2015 4:42:11 pm
Colored pencils flowers and candles to commemorate the victims killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo sit in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Thursday. (Source: AP) Colored pencils flowers and candles to commemorate the victims killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo sit in front of the French Embassy in Berlin, Thursday. (Source: AP)

Seven people have been detained in the hunt for brothers suspected of gunning down 12 people in an Islamist assault on a satirical weekly, a judicial source said on Thursday.

Confirming earlier comments by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, the source, who refused to be named, said men and women close to the two brothers were currently being questioned by police, without saying where they had been detained.

READ: United Nations condemns terror attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo

Valls, meanwhile, told RTL radio that the two suspects- who are still on the run- were known to intelligence services and were “no doubt” being followed before Wednesday’s attack.

The masked, black-clad gunmen burst into the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday before jumping into a car and escaping.

READ: Charlie Hebdo attack: Police hunt brothers, third man hands himself in

Police have issued arrest warrants for Cherif Kouachi, 32, a known jihadist convicted in 2008 for involvement in a network sending fighters to Iraq, and his 34-year-old brother Said. Both were born in Paris.

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