WASHINGTON, January 7, 2015 – UPDATE: One of the suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has been killed and the two others are in custody, two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News.
Authorities identified the three men as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, both French and in their early 30s, and 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality wasn’t immediately clear.
One of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the investigation, told The Associated Press that the men were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network. And Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman confirms that they are searching for two brothers from the Paris region. Reports are that the third man is from the Reims area.
The three suspects have been identified being, born in 1980 in Paris, born in 1982 in Paris and born in 1996. All three are from Gennevilliers (Hauts-de-Seine). Shooters are two brothers 32 and 34, born in Paris. The third shooter, a young man of 18, has an unknown nationality.
The gunmen killed 12 including editor in chief, Charb (Stéphane Charbonnier); cartoonists Jean Cabu, Georges Wolinski, Tignous and deputy chief editor, Bernard Maris.
In addition to those killed, 11 people were also wounded, four reportedly in serious condition, when the attackers opened fire on a meeting of the magazine’s editorial staff shortly before midday on Wednesday.