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Four suspects face charges after Paris attacks

Stéphane de Sakutin, AFP / French police patrol streets of Paris on January 19, 2015

The Paris prosecutor's office says four men are facing preliminary charges after they were arrested on suspicion of links to a gunman involved in France's deadliest terrorist attacks in decades.

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The four men aged between 22 and 28 will appear before an investigating judge later Tuesday. No other details were immediately available.

So far no one has been charged in the January 7-9 attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, a Paris kosher supermarket and police.

Twenty people were killed, including the three gunmen, who claimed allegiance to al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch and the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

French media report that the four suspects are suspected of having links with the kosher supermarket gunman, Amédy Coulibaly.

Five other people who were detained last week as part of the investigation were released overnight without charge.

Police in neighbouring Belgium and Germany have arrested dozens of suspects in an anti-terrorism swoop triggered by the attacks in France, though no link has been established with the Paris gunmen.

Fallout from the assault on Charlie Hebdo has spread around the world, with demonstrators rallying in support of the murdered journalists in countries from the United States to Brazil, and violent protests against the magazine’s depictions of the Prophet Mohammed erupting in Niger, Pakistan, Algeria and Chechnya.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

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