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Link Between Charlie Hebdo Attack, Paris Police Officer Shooting Possible

© AP Photo / Thibault CamusAn injured person is treated by nursing staff outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015
An injured person is treated by nursing staff outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The gunman who killed a police officer in a suburb south of Paris was acquainted with the Kouachi brothers, suspects of terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo office.

Members of the French police special force GIPN - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW, January 9 (Sputnik) – There could be a connection between Wednesday's attack on the Parisian office of Charlie Hebdo magazine and Thursday's shooting in a suburb south of the French capital, RTL reported Friday.

According to the media outlet, the gunman who killed a police officer in Montrouge was acquainted with the Kouachi brothers, the alleged perpetrators of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. The three are reported to have been part of the same jihadist network operating in the North-East of Paris.

Earlier, the police said the two attacks were not linked.

A member of the French GIPN intervention police forces secure a neighbourhood in Corcy, northeast of Paris January 8, 2015 - Sputnik International
88,000 Officers Deployed in Wake of Charlie Hebdo Attack: Interior Minister
On Wednesday morning, alleged Islamic extremists attacked the office of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, mostly cartoonists. Another 11 were injured. The magazine was known for printing cartoons ridiculing Islam and other religions and has repeatedly faced threats from Islamic extremists.

Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, French nationals of Algerian origin, who earlier had a connection to underground jihadi network transporting French radical Islamists to Syria, are suspected of carrying out the attack.

On Thursday morning, a gunman opened fire near an underground station in Montrouge, killing a female police officer. The French Prosecutor's Office classified the shooting as a terrorist attack. According to media reports, two individuals from the gunman's entourage were arrested.

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