Paris attackers identified, one surrenders


Paris: French police have identified three people who are suspected of the office Paris satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Their sketches have been released by the police. One of the attackers, an 18 year old youth named Hamid Murad has already surrendered before police. According to police, Hamid was driving the car in which the assassins fled after opening fire indiscriminately in the weekly’s office killing at least 12 journalists.

Hamid is a native of Reims in North-east Paris. The other two assassins have been identified as two brothers Sayed Kouyachi and Cherif Kouyachi. Police suspects that these two brothers had entered had entered the office and opened indiscriminate fire killing 12 people including six journalists and four cartoonists.

The attackers were fired upon by security officials who ensued a gun-battle killing two police officials. Some top cartoonists of France figured in the list of dead in this incident. The magazine had previously received numerous threats for publishing satirical cartoons of religious groups including the Islam.

The police have identified the attackers from the identity card left by them in the car in which they fled. Anti-terrorism police is planning for an operation in Reims to hunt down the terrorists. It has been known that one of the brothers had been previously tried under terrorism charges.

The office of the magazine had been previously attacked in 2006 and 2012 for publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. The attack has been condemned by French President Francois Hollande, US President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.