French police have arrested seven people in connection with the massacre of 12 people at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, but the search for two brothers suspected to be the gunmen continues.

The police carried out raids across France, with a particular focus on the city of Reims, 90 miles north-east of Paris.

Arrest warrants have been issued for brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, who are believed to be behind the attack and considered to be “armed and dangerous”.

The two brothers are reported to have been recognised by a service station manager near the town of Villers-Cotteret, when the pair stole food and petrol and gun point.

Cherif Kouachi was previously known to police and was sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 for his role in a Paris-based organisation that was sending jihadists to fight against coalition troops in Iraq.

The third suspect named by police, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, handed himself into police in Charleville-Mezieres on Wednesday night after reportedly hearing his name on the news. He is yet to be charged, according to Le Monde.

Overnight, vigils were held around the world, and France held a minute’s silence at midday (11:00 GMT) to mourn those that died.

Victims of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo

  • Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, 47-year-old editor and cartoonist who had been living under police protection after a series of death threats
  • Jean “Cabu” Cabut, 76, cartoonist
  • Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, 57, cartoonist
  • Georges Wolinski, 80, cartoonist
  • Philippe Honore, 73, cartoonist
  • Bernard Maris, 68, regular columnist and economist known as ‘Uncle Bernard’
  • Mustapha Ourrad, proof-reader
  • Elsa Cayat, columnist and psychoanalyst
  • Frederic Boisseau, 42, caretaker
  • Michel Renaud, vistor caught in the attack
  • Franck Brinsolaro, police officer who acted as Charb’s bodyguard
  • Ahmed Merabet, 42, police officer


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