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Two taken into custody over January Paris attacks

© AFP (file photo) | Amédy Coulibaly killed four people at a kosher grocery store in paris on January 9, 2015

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2015-12-15

French police took two people into custody on Tuesday over January’s terrorist attacks on a kosher supermarket and the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, police sources said.

One of the two, named as Claude Hermant, 52, was already being held over an investigation into arms trafficking, the prosecutor’s office in the northern French city of Lille told the AFP news agency. He is also believed to have links to the extreme right in northern France.

The second person taken into custody was Hermant’s partner, said the prosecutor’s office.

They are being questioned over weapons found in an arsenal belonging to grocery store-attacker Amédy Coulibaly that had allegedly been channelled through a company belonging to Hermant’s partner, a source close to the investigation told AFP.

Coulibaly shot dead four people during a hostage siege at the Hypercacher supermarket in eastern Paris on January 9, before being killed by police as they stormed the building.

He is also believed to be responsible for the fatal shooting of Clarissa Jean-Philippe, an unarmed French policewoman, in Paris the day before.

Coulibaly co-ordinated his attacks with that of Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, the two brothers who shot dead 12 people in an attack on the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2015-12-15

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