Police are getting closer to capturing two suspects believed to be responsible for the horrific Jan. 7 murder of 12 people at the French magazine, ‘Charlie Hebdo.’ They fled Paris after the shooting, and robbed a gas station outside the city. Fortunately an employee identified them and the police are now closing in on the suspects.
Cherif and Said Kouachi, suspects in the Charlie Hebdo murders, won’t be able to hide much longer because French authorities are hot on their trail, according to reports. The men have been identified as the terrorists responsible for killing 12 employees and injuring at least 8 others, at Charlie Hebdo‘s magazine offices in Paris, France. It has been deemed one of the worst terrorist attacks in European history.
Paris Magazine Shooting: Terrorist Rob Gas Station After Charlie Hebdo Massacre
Their getaway driver, Hamyd Mourad, 18, turned himself into police but the men responsible for the murders are still on the run. Currently helicopters are helping with the search for these men, but at least we know where they headed after the shooting. They ditched the car they used during the attack, two miles away from the Charlie Hebdo offices and then they hijacked another car. That’s when they headed about 80 km north-east of Paris. It’s unclear whether they robbed the petrol station close to Villers-Cotterêt before or after the masacre but someone working there claims they drove away in a white Renault Clio, towards Paris.
Charlie Hebdo is a well-known satirical magazine that is known for its anti-Islamic cartoons. Especially when it comes to depicting Islamic State militant, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Cherif and his brother, Said, were attempting to silence the right to free speech and the people of France and around the world are outraged. The magazine plans to print one million copies of their magazine next week.
Cherif has actually been arrested before and it was for “terror offences” in 2008 and he served 18 months in jail.
Four of the magazine’s cartoonists: Charb, Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous, along with the Editor in Chief, were killed. President Barack Obama released the following statement after the attack:
I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time.
France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended.
France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers.
We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.
HollywoodLifers, are thoughts are with the families of those injured and we hope that these men are brought to justice soon!
— Chloe Melas