Charlie Hebdo: What Do We Know About Suspects Said and Cherif Kouachi

Lamiat Sabin, Independent, January 8, 2015

Police in France have reportedly located the two brothers named as suspects in the killing of 12 people at the Paris headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday afternoon.

AFP reported that they had been spotted at a petrol station in northern France.

Said and Cherif Kouachi, in their early 30s, are believed to be part of the 19th arrondissement network that is named after the suburb of Paris they lived in however it is not yet confirmed if the group is affiliated with al-Qaeda.

Cherif and Said Kouachi

Cherif and Said Kouachi

An 18-year-old suspect named Hamyd Mourad handed himself to the police at around 11pm last night after reportedly seeing his name on the news.

One police official said the attackers were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network, and Cedric Le Bechec, a witness who encountered the escaping gunmen quoted them as saying: “You can tell the media that it’s al-Qaeda in Yemen.”

The two men who remain at large are believed to be French nationals of Algerian descent and live in Reims, a city 90km east of Paris. They were born in the capital before they had grown up in Rennes. It is not known if Mourad is of a similar background however it is known that the young man recently graduated or still attends a school in his home town of Charleville-Mézières.

Cherif has held a sports instructor qualification and was brought up in a foster family in Brittany after the two brothers became orphaned as children.

Said, who is reported by Le Figaro newspaper to be married, lived in a housing block in Reims and is said to have got on well with his neighbours.

Cherif, 32, had been sentenced to three years in prison in 2008 for helping to transport fighters for the alleged purposes of jihad from France to Iraq, for which he served 18 months, the Associated Press reported. He had said he was inspired to do so after witnessing images of CIA torture from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

He was also arrested in January 2005 when he and another man were about to leave France for Syria via Iraq. Kouachi’s lawyer Vincent Ollivier said at the time that his client’s profile was more “pot-smoker from the projects than an Islamist.”

“He smokes, drinks, doesn’t sport a beard and has a girlfriend before marriage,” Ollivier told the French newspaper Liberation the month after his client’s arrest, according to reports by France24.

Cherif and his older sibling Said, 34, were reportedly believed to have been hiding out in a social housing complex in Reims, a city north-east of Paris, before they were thought to have gone on the run.

They are suspected of murdering cartoonists Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, 47, Jean “Cabu” Cabut, 76, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, 57, Georges Wolinski, 80, and Philippe Honore, 73, with Kalashnikov.

“We are going in soon. Either there is going to be a shoot out or they have got away, tipped off by social media,” an officer had told the French news agency AFP on the manhunt outside the estate.

Magazine columnist and economist Bernard Maris, 68, was also shot dead as well as proof-reader Mustapha Ourrad. Psychoanalyst and columnist Elsa Cayat was the only woman killed in the attack. According to witnesses, the gunmen shouted “Allahu Akbar”, meaning “God is great”, before storming into the editorial meeting.

Arts festival founder Michel Renaud, caretaker Frederic Boisseau and two police officers Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro also died after being shot.

The offices had been firebombed in 2011 for a depiction of Prophet Mohamed on the front cover which said “100 lashes of the whip if you don’t die laughing!” under a banner saying “Charia Hebdo” in reference to Sharia law.

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  • Said and Cherif Kouachi, in their early 30s, are believed to be part of the 19th arrondissement network that is named after the suburb of Paris they lived in however it is not yet confirmed if the group is affiliated with al-Qaeda.

    The official authorities are diligently working to figure out whether they have any real links to AQ or another similar terrorist network. I say they’re wasting their time because it doesn’t matter whether they do or do not. All you need to know is that they are devout Muslims who did what they did in the name of their “religion,” aka totalitarian death cult.

    • Exactly what immediately stuck out to me, they’re desperately looking for some tenuous link to Al’ Qaeda so they can divert attention to the spectre of “radical islam” before people realize that this IS islam, violence, hate, and subjugation.

      • It’s the same thing with domestic black crime. TPTB try to pawn it all off on gangs. They do that, and try to pawn every Muslim bomb brother incident off on an “organized” milieu like AQ/MB in order to make the problem easy and as a convenient way not to talk about race or religion, avoiding the “pitfalls” of having to engage in stereotypes, i.e. notice things.

    • BulgAryan

      more “Diversity” gets involved

  • Luca

    Any guesses on the percentage of African DNA these two have? I am going with 20%.

    • Oil Can Harry

      They look like some New Yorkers I know who immigrated from the Dominican Republic.

    • The Dude

      They look like Saharan mongrels.

    • Sick of it

      I’d say around 1/8

    • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

      Maybe 40%

  • TomIron361

    satirical magazine
    Just what is meant by satire? From what I hear, this magazine went pretty far beyond what I understand as satire. There is such a thing as free speech, but you always take a chance of getting a punch in the mouth. In the case of a bunch of savages like these Arabs, who everyone knows can’t fight their way out of a paper bag, they do what they can, murder unarmed people. That’s the chance this magazine was taking. So, they found out just how lousy these people can be. Such is life,

    • TruthBeTold

      The magazine seemed to be an equal opportunity offender. From what I’ve seen, their main focus was any organized religion or religious group.

      Their humor was crude, vulgar, and not very insightful. It’s goal seemed to be to offend for the sake of offending.

      • PB

        They drew the line at real critique of the Chosen Ones. Everyone else was fair game.

    • So… they were asking for it by wearing a dress that short? … I mean, publishing those cartoons?

      • TomIron361

        There are always points people go beyond in this world.

  • TruthBeTold

    NBC Nightly News just described this as more of a ‘mafia hit’ than a terrorist attack.

    They’re trying to take the focus off Muslims as terrorists.

    • See The Future

      Fear not……….the future will be filled with opportunity to give the appropriate acknowledgement.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    How convenient that one of the “terrorists” just happened to leave his ID in plain sight for all to see.

    And that the perps were able to disappear quickly and without a trace.

    Is there more to this story?

    Can someone help me out here?

    • archer

      They seemed to take too much time in the video leaving the scene, who was taking the video? They seemed too confident, I know almost no one is armed in France except the police, but it all seemed too casual.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        Where did they get the military equipment and weaponry? — and training to go along with it? – from what I’m reading these were a couple of bumbling, uneducated young males, without resources – suddenly they’re completely equipped professional assassins able to get in and then disappear without a trace?

        When they screamed “Allah Akbar” and “The Prophet Has Been Avenged” it was in perfect French – shouldn’t it have been in Arabic?

        We can’t see their faces so who knows who it is. Yet the French – and the media – had the culprits identified immediately – based on what? A perfectly placed ID that the “terrorists” just happened to leave behind?

        Looks like these two -or three- fools are being set up as patsies and fall-guys to take the focus off who really did this.

        Cui Bono?

  • Alec Ryan

    How many innocents must a Muslim kill
    Before you can call him a Muslim?
    Tell me how much blood must the immigrants spill
    Before you can call it a river?
    The answer my friend, is blowing in the wind…

    • Speedy Steve

      The correct term is mohammedan; at least that’s what I was taught in 6th grade geography class. But I dig your sentiment!

  • Speedy Steve

    Mustapha Ourrad? Ahmed Merabet? It’s been said that even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

  • UncleSham

    I wonder how many people this Muslim terrorist converted to the cause of jihad while serving his 18 months in prison for supporting jihad.

  • See The Future

    Is it possible the muslim assassins are watching the news in a mosque?

    Will the authorities inspect the mosques?

  • Johnny Harper

    These two should’ve been executed a LONG time ago.

    However, what do you expect from a weak, feminized Western world?

  • NW

    Am i the only one who doesn’t care about some dead liberal idiots who wrote for some vulgar left-wing magazine?

  • Transpower

    Muslims do not belong in the West. How much more proof do we need???

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Let me guess, they claimed racism and were let off.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    WOW 3 blacks and a white or arab girl took a Kosher store hostage. Well serves God’s chosen people right because they always say how great these blacks are and that we should inter marry with them. Now I am glad that they are reaping what they sow and that a black is giving it back to them.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Once this French terror thing dies down, we will be back to kissing the butts of these Muslims saying how peaceful they are.

  • Americaandthewestshouldbewhite

    Black and muslims, double the trouble.

  • benvad

    The police officer pleading for his life was Algerian muslim ancestry. I believe the proof writer was also.