“A French-Tunisian jihadist who assassinated two Tunisian politicians in 2013 provides a possible link between Charlie Hebdo suspect Cherif Kouachi and the Islamic State group based in Iraq and Syria, a researcher claimed yesterday.”
Didn’t we already say this from the very beginning? It’s not rocket science. All the signs were there. Al Qaeda is very closely tied in with the Islamic state. We believe Isis’s HQ outside of their war zones in Syria and Iraq is in Yemen – the main Al Qaeda station where all training and leadership is established.
The swat teams are currently wearing them down, dragging out the manhunt to tire them out so the Mahomed rats are captured pathetically easy. Not much chances for a heroic maryrdom to meet their 72 virgins. They should met Le Massicot (The Cutter) in the public square of Place de la République in Paris.
Not surprisingly, the last execution performed in France was on the French national pest: a Muslim:
Hamida Djandoubi, “Pimp Killer”, was the last person to be executed in France. He was a Tunisian immigrant who had been convicted of the torture and murder of 21-year-old Elisabeth Bousquet in Marseille.
Born in Tunisia in 1949, in 1968 Djandoubi started living in Marseille and working in a grocery store. He went on to work as a landscaper but had a workplace accident in 1971 that resulted in the loss of two thirds of his right leg. In 1973, a 21-year-old woman named Elisabeth Bousquet, whom Djandoubi had met in the hospital while recovering from his amputation, filed a complaint against him, stating that he had tried to force her into prostitution.
After his arrest and eventual release from custody during the spring of 1973, Djandoubi drew two other young girls into his confidence and then forced them to “work” for him. In July 1974, he kidnapped Bousquet and took her into his home where, in full view of the terrified girls, he beat the woman before stubbing a lit cigarette all over her breasts and genital area. Bousquet survived the ordeal so Djandoubi took her by car to the outskirts of Marseille and strangled her there. Djandoubi was executed by guillotine at Baumettes Prison in Marseille on 25 February 1977.
THE GUNMEN’S LAST STAND: ‘Two dead’ and several injured as Charlie Hebdo killers seize HOSTAGES and exchange fire with police after they storm business premises near Paris airport
- Al Qaeda brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi pursued by 20 police vans and cars on main route into the capital
- Holed up with hostages inside printing business which is surrounded by commandos and police negotiators
- Flights into the nearby Charles de Gaulle international airport have been aborted due its proximity to the siege
- Hunt for Al Qaeda gunmen had focused on massive forest around 50 miles north-east of Paris overnight
- Police fear they have taken AK-47s and rocket launchers with them to carry out bloody last stand or take hostages
The Charlie Hebdo gunmen were today exchanging fire with police as they held hostages on an industrial estate near a Paris airport.
At least two people are thought to have been killed and several wounded before Cherif and Said Kouachi entered business premises in the village of Dammartin-en-Goele, north-east of the capital.
But the public prosecutor deny reports there had been casualties.
The gunmen are believed to have taken one hostage with them into a storage unit, which is now surrounded by police commandos who have begun negotiations to try to secure their release.
MailOnline understands the police were initially planning to storm the premises, but have now decided to hold off.
As helicopters hovered overhead, France’s Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: ‘A police operation is underway.’
Flights into the nearby Charles de Gaulle international airport have been aborted due to its proximity to the siege, around five miles away.
Armed police train their weapons on a building where the the two Charlie Hebdo gunmen are holed up with a hostage as they sit in a helicopter over the village of Dammartin-en-Goele.
The suspects were holed up in a small printing business named Creating Trend Discovery, a source close to the investigation said. ‘It’s not sure how many people are inside,’ the source said.
Prior to the standoff, the suspects had hijacked a Peugeot 206 in Montagny-Sainte-Felicite from a woman who said she recognised them as the wanted men, a police source said.
There was also no sign of the AK-47s and rocket launchers which they had earlier been seen with, suggesting they had taken them into the forest.
Police now fear they could take hostages or are planning a final ‘spectacular’ before capture as the search enters its third day.
As darkness fell, French Special Forces scoured the woodland 50 miles north-east of Paris, with activity focused on a cavern hundreds of feet deep for any sign of the gunmen. Locals warns the woodland was so vast that it could weeks to find them.
It came as Prime Minister Manuel Valls admitted the men were on the radar of the intelligence services and ‘were likely’ to have been under surveillance before the atrocity.
The brothers abandoned their car near the village of Abbaye de Longpont shortly after robbing a petrol station yesterday.
Anti-terror officers found a jihadi flag and a Molotov cocktail in the Renault Clio the gunmen hijacked to escape the French capital – and two men fitting their descriptions were seen running into the Foret de Retz, which covers an area larger than Paris.
A petrol station attendant in Villers-Cotterets told police he had seen Kalashnikovs (AK-47s) and rocket launchers in the vehicle which had sped away after the men had stolen food and water.
The two armed suspects wanted over the massacre were last night being pursued through woodland as a huge manhunt closed in on a forest.
There are fewer than 300 residents in Longpont and armed officers were carrying out house-to-house searches as helicopters with thermal imagery equipment capable of identifying human bodies among the trees were called in.
Several roads had been sealed off and checkpoints mounted by armed police who called in armoured vehicles to provide them with ‘cover’ against men who have already proved to be trained marksmen.
Benoit Verdun, the manager of the Abbaye hotel in Longpont, said: ‘The forest around here is enormous, so if the brothers have gone in there it will be quite a hunt.’
A cave complex several hundred feet deep was also being searched. Fleury resident Veronique La Mer, who lives within 50 yards of the cave, said: ‘We are afraid. I didn’t sleep at all last night.
‘The police told us to stay inside in our houses. We have seen police swarming the villages all day and helicopters over our heads. These woods are huge.
‘You could easily hide out here for weeks and there are lots of caves. The atmosphere in town is very strange. At 6pm the streets were deserted.’
Beatrice Le Frans, another resident, said balaclava-clad men carrying machine guns thumped on her door demanding to be let in.
‘I thought they were the terrorists,’ she said. ‘They were trying to break down my door. But then they said they were the police. Luckily I have three grown-up sons here, otherwise I would be very scared.’
Mr Valls said France was facing a terrorist threat ‘without precedent’, adding: ‘Because they were known, they had been followed.’
The manhunt was launched after masked gunmen stormed into the Charlie Hebdo offices and opened fire, killing eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor in France’s worst terror atrocity since 1961.
Last night, interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a total of nine people were now in custody and more than 90 witnesses had been interviewed.
When and why that surveillance was dropped were two of the many questions being asked yesterday as a senior American counter-terrorism official confirmed that the brothers were on the US no-fly list.
But officials were tight-lipped about what else they know about them, including whether they fought in the Middle East with extremist groups.
CNN reported that the US ‘was given information from the French intelligence agency that Said Kouachi traveled to Yemen as late as 2011 on behalf of the Al Qaeda affiliate there’.
The network said Said received a variety of weapons training from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), including on how to fire weapons. It added: ‘It is also possible Said was trained in bomb making.’
In 2008, Cherif Kouachi was sentenced to three years in jail for his association with an underground organisation.
‘While in jail, he came under the influence of the one-time British-based terrorist Djemal Beghal, who was sentenced to ten years in prison by the French courts for terrorist offenders.
But despite the security services knowing the men were radicalised and suspected of having been trained in military tactics in east Yemen by Al Qaeda, they were not under surveillance on Wednesday.
Last night there had already been several revenge attacks, with shots fired at a Muslim prayer room in the southern town of Port-la-Nouvelle.
A Muslim family was shot at in their car in Caromb, in southern Vaucluse, while ‘Death to Arabs’ was daubed on a mosque in Poitiers, central France.
Police vans are seen chasing the Charlie Hebdo killers amid fears they have taken hostages on a ‘martyrdom mission’ towards Paris.
Land: The men headed on foot into the vast Forêt de Retz (above, dark green) that measures 32,000 acres, an area roughly the size of Paris.
In their sights: Swarms of anti-terror police with automatic weapons, body armour and shields patrol the tiny village of Longpont in northern France as they close in on two prime suspects in the terror attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris which left 12 people dead.
Unfolding terror: A graphic showing the developments since the shootings at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on Wednesday morning.
TUNISIA KILLER GIVES ‘POSSIBLE ISLAMIC STATE LINK’ TO CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK
A French-Tunisian jihadist who assassinated two Tunisian politicians in 2013 provides a possible link between Charlie Hebdo suspect Cherif Kouachi and the Islamic State group based in Iraq and Syria, a researcher claimed yesterday.
Boubaker al-Hakim is a member of the extremist ISIS group who last month claimed responsibility for assassinating two secular politicians, Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, in Tunisia in 2013.
He was previously part of the ‘Butte-Chaumont network’ in Paris – alongside Kouachi – that helped send fighters to join Al Qaeda in Iraq in the mid-2000s. Kouachi is wanted along with his brother Said for the deadly attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday that left 12 people dead.
Hakim ‘represents the link between the Kouachi brothers and (IS),’ said researcher Jean-Pierre Filiu, a leading expert on radical Islam at Paris’s Sciences Po university.
‘It is impossible that an operation on the scale of the one that led to the massacre at Charlie Hebdo was not sponsored by Daesh,’ he claimed, using an alternative name for IS.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo attack, ‘but it is certain that (IS) is closely following it and waiting to see how it ends,’ Mr Filiu told Agence France-Presse. ‘I am sure that the video claiming responsibility is already prepared.’
He added that Hakim is not a very senior figure in IS, but gained respect within the movement after killing Belaid and Brahmi. Hakim claimed responsibility for the murders in a video released last month that was filmed in IS territory somewhere in Iraq or Syria.
Born in 1983, he is only around a few months younger than Kouachi and grew up in the same area of Paris – the 19th arrondissement – where the ‘Butte-Chaumont network’ was established.
Both men were arrested and convicted together in Paris in 2008 for their role in the network. Hakim was sentenced to seven years for running a way station in Damascus for young French Muslims en route to fight US forces in Iraq. Kouachi received three years.
‘Hakim, and no doubt Kouachi, rejoined Al Qaeda’s Iraqi networks after they were released from prison and accompanied them in their transformation into Daesh,’ said Filiu. ‘The combat experience they acquired was useful in the cOld-blooded assassinations they have carried out since.’
HOW ATTACK ON CHARLIE HEBDO HQ AND THE MASSIVE ANTI-TERROR POLICE MANHUNT HAS UNFOLDED
10.25am: Mother with her young daughter is forced to allow gunmen into offices of Charlie Hebdo
10.30am: Terrorists call out editors by name before executing them, then exit the building
10.30am-10.50am: Gunmen leave the building in a black Citroen, driving up Allee Verte where they encounter a police car. They open fire, wounding a policeman
– While trying to get to nearby Boulevard Richard Lenoir they encounter more police and exchange fire, nobody is injured
– Once on the boulevard they see a policeman on the pavement and open fire before executing him as he lays on the ground
11am: The men crash their Citroen on Rue de Meaux and hijack another vehicle to continue their escape
3.30pm: Raids on apartments in northern Paris, including a home thought to belong to one of the suspects in Gennevilliers
5:30pm: The dead are named as Stephane Charbonnier, editor of Charlie Hebdo, along with Bernard Maris, Georges Wolinski, Jean Cabut, aka Cabu, Bernard Verlhac and contributor Philippe Honore
6pm: As darkness falls people take to the streets to hold vigils, holding up signs reading Je Suis Charlie – I am Charlie
10.41pm: Raids take place in Reim as riot police storm buildings of those linked to two suspects. Seven people, thought to be friends of the suspects, are arrested
11pm: Hamid Mourad hands himself in to police in Charleville-Mezieres after seeing his name on social media
12:31am: Police name shooting suspects as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi
7.45am: Second gun attack in Paris in which a female police officer and a street cleaner are wounded
7.58am: Suspect arrested in connection with second attack, reported to be a North African man with an assault rifle. Another believed to be on the run
9.58am: Female police officer wounded in the second shooting dies at a hospital in Paris
10.34am: Police carry out a raid on a hotel near to where the second attack happened
10.39am: Officers surround a petrol station in Villers-Cotteret, northern Aisne region, after manager said he recognised gunmen
11am: A minute’s silence takes place in memory of the 12 killed
11.10am: Surviving Charlie Hebdo staff announce magazine will be published next week
11.30am: Police surround a property in Crepy-En-Valois after suspects reported to be inside