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Special Operation Underway to Arrest Charlie Hebdo Attack Suspects: Reports

© AFP 2021 / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENIPolice are seen during an operation in the "Croix-Rouge" suburb of Reims, northern France early January 8, 2015
Police are seen during an operation in the Croix-Rouge suburb of Reims, northern France early January 8, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Anti-terror squads began special operation in the north-eastern city of Reims to arrest the Charlie Hebdo magazine office attack suspects.

MOSCOW, January 8 (Sputnik) — French anti-terror squads began special operation in the northeastern city of Reims to arrest the suspects in the Wednesday attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris, AFP said Thursday citing the police.

French media reported earlier that the three suspects were localized in Reims. According to Liberation newspaper, the raid has begun at 11.00 p.m. local time (22:00 GMT). The manhunt is being carried out in three different locations simultaneously.

On Wednesday morning, three masked men opened fire in the office of satirical weekly magazine in Paris, Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including two police officers and injuring 11.

Earlier on Thursday Liberation newspaper said citing the French Ministry of the Interior, that the attackers have been identified and localized but not detained yet.

According to French media, the suspects are Frenchmen of Algerian origin, aged 34, 32 and 18. The men have been named as Said and Cherif Kouach and Hamyd Mourad. Kouach brothers returned from Syria in the summer of 2014.

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