French jihadists ‘met the night before Paris attacks’

Attackers Cherif Kouachi, Amedy Coulibaly and Said Kouachi
Attackers Cherif Kouachi, Amedy Coulibaly and Said Kouachi Police handout

The jihadists who struck Paris last month in separate attacks were in direct contact before the attacks and coordinated their murderous actions, a report in daily newspaper Le Monde said on Tuesday.


Police sources later confirmed that Cherif Kouachi and Amedy Coulibaly met the night before they started three days of violence in and around Paris on January 7.

They are thought to have met in Gennevilliers, the town near Paris where Kouachi lived, a security source told AFP, confirming the report in Le Monde.

Around one hour before Cherif Kouachi attacked the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices with his brother Said, a text message was sent from near his home to one of the 13 phone numbers belonging to Coulibaly, the security source said.

Coulibaly shot a policewoman the next day and went on to kill four people after taking hostages at a Jewish supermarket on January 9.

All three attackers were killed by police.

Coulibaly claimed in a posthumous video that he had coordinated his attacks with the Kouachi brothers, but it has not been clear to what extent they directly planned together.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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