Paris Prosecutors Say Four Charged With Links to Terror AttacksGregory Viscusi
Four men were charged with links to this month’s terrorist attacks in the French capital, the Paris prosecutor’s office said.
The men are 22, 25, 26 and 28 years old and were charged with offenses including helping to plan terror attacks and weapons possession, the prosecutor’s office said in an e-mailed statement Tuesday. Under French law, they will be kept in jail while an investigating magistrate builds a case.
Police probing the attacks that claimed 17 lives arrested 12 people in the Paris region on the night of Jan. 15 and in the early hours of the following day. The others have all been released.
The nine men and three women were questioned on suspicion of providing logistical support to the killers, the Interior Ministry said at the time. France remains on the highest alert and has deployed 122,000 police and soldiers across the country to protect schools, train stations, cultural buildings and other sensitive sites, the ministry said.
Police said the DNA of one of those arrested was found on a weapon used by Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a police officer in a Paris suburb on Jan. 8 and then murdered four hostages at a kosher grocery store the next day. DNA of another man were found in the car Coulibaly drove to the grocery in eastern Paris, Europe1 radio reported.
Two other gunmen, the brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, stormed into the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7, killing 12 people. The three self-proclaimed Islamist gunmen were killed in almost simultaneous assaults by the police on Jan. 9.
Police are still investigating the degree of coordination between the two attacks.