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The Latest On Paris Attack: Several Detained, But Manhunt Continues

A man holds a candle and a sticker reading " I am Charlie", during a demonstration in Paris, on Wednesday.
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A man holds a candle and a sticker reading " I am Charlie", during a demonstration in Paris, on Wednesday.

French authorities are still on the hunt for two brothers suspected in an attack against the headquarters of a satirical magazine in Paris that left 12 people dead.

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that the French capital is on its highest alert level and 800 soldiers and riot police have been called on to guard the city. School children, Eleanor said, are being kept inside for recess.

To add to the tension, there were was a shooting on Paris' southern edge that left a police officer and a street sweeper wounded. The AP reports that authorities said those shootings had not been linked to the attack on Charlie Hebdo.


Overnight, one of the three suspects, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, was reported to have turned himself in.

The New York Times quotes Prime Minister Manuel Valls as saying that "several" other people had been detained. But the two chief suspects named as Said and Chérif Kouachi, 34 and 32, remain at large.

This is a breaking news story. As often happens in situations like these, some information reported early may turn out to be inaccurate. We'll move quickly to correct the record and we'll only point to the best information we have at the time. Refresh this page for the latest.

Update at 7:19 a.m. ET. Not Linking Suspects To Terrorist Groups:

Counterterrorism officials have been careful not to link the two main suspects to terrorist groups, NPR's Dina Temple-Raston tells our Newscast Unit.


One of the men, Chérif Kouachi, was convicted on terrorism charges in 2008. He served 18 months for helping to funnel fighters from France to Iraq.

What's unclear, said Dina, is what happened to Kouachi since then. It's unclear whether he's ever traveled to Syria and it's unclear whether he had developed links to terrorist groups — including the Islamic State — since 2008.

Judging by the shot patterns left on a police cruiser yesterday, what is clear is that these two men were very comfortable using high-powered weapons. It's likely, Dina said, that they received some military training. The question is where.

Update at 6:44 a.m. ET. Roads Shut Down:

NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reports that police have shut down all roads in and out of Paris.

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