Charlie Hebdo attack: Paris policewoman killing linked to massacre brothers, say Police

Police said there was a link between a suspect identified in policewoman shooting and the brothers wanted for the massacre.

By: Associated Press | Paris | Updated: January 9, 2015 8:47:19 pm
Paris police released a photo of Amedy Coulibaly as a suspect in the killing Thursday of a policewoman, and the official named him as the man holed up in the market. A second suspect, a woman named Hayet Boumddiene, is the gunman's accomplice. (Source: AP photo) Paris police released a photo of Amedy Coulibaly as a suspect in the killing Thursday of a policewoman, and the official named him as the man holed up in the market. A second suspect, a woman named Hayet Boumddiene, is the gunman’s accomplice. (Source: AP photo)

French police said on Friday there was a link between a suspect identified in the fatal shooting of a policewoman south of Paris and the brothers wanted for a massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine.

“The recent and latest progress in the investigation has established a connection between the two shootings,” a police source told AFP, calling for caution as they carried out their probe.

While France was reeling from the massacre of 12 people at the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine a day earlier by masked gunmen, a man in a bullet-proof vest carrying a handgun and automatic rifle on Thursday shot dead a policewoman and seriously hurt a city employee in Montrouge.

The victims had been called to the scene of a car accident.

Prosecutors initially said they had not yet linked the two incidents, but handed the probe to anti-terrorist investigators.

Police announced on Friday they had identified the gunman in the Montrouge shooting.

“The suspect has been identified. Two people very close to him have been taken into custody,” a police source said.

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