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Bulgaria arrests Frenchman linked to Charlie Hebdo assault

Iran Press TV

Tue Jan 13, 2015 1:55PM

Bulgarian authorities say they have detained a French citizen with links to one of the two brothers, who carried out the deadly attack on the headquarters of satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Darina Slavova, regional prosecutor of Bulgaria's southern province of Haskovo, said on Tuesday that 29-year-old Fritz-Joly Joachin was arrested under two European arrest warrants, one following allegations by his wife that he had kidnapped their three-year-old son, a second for links to a terrorist organization.

According to Joachin's wife, he planned to take their child to Syria for training by a Takfiri community.

Slavova said Joachin had possible association with Cherif Kouachi. Cherif and Said Kouachi carried out their attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, which resulted in the death of 12 people. They were shot dead by French security forces two days later.

Just minutes before the shooting, Charlie Hebdo had tweeted a satirical cartoon of the ISIL leader, Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abubakr al-Baghdadi.

On January 8, Amedy Coulibaly shot dead a policewoman. He killed four people at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris the following day before police stormed the building.

France has deployed 10,000 troops to protect sensitive sites in the wake of the deadly Paris attacks.

French police says as many as six members of a terrorist cell involved in the assaults may still be at large.


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