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Frenchman Arrested in Bulgaria Allegedly Linked to Charlie Hebdo Attackers

Sputnik News

12:38 13.01.2015(updated 17:22 13.01.2015)

Cherif and Said Kouachi carried out an attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, leaving 12 people killed and 11 injured.

MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) – On January 1, Bulgarian authorities arrested a Frenchman, who was allegedly in contact with one of the Kouachi brothers, responsible for a deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo, AFP reports, citing a local prosecutor.

The Frenchman, identified as Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, 'was in contact several times with one of the two brothers – Cherif Kouachi,' public prosecutor Darina Slavova told the news agency.

Joachin, a French national born in Haiti, was detained when he tried to cross Bulgaria's border with Turkey, Ynetnews reports. He allegedly planned to take his three-year-old son to Syria.

On January 7, Cherif and Said Kouachi carried out an attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, leaving 12 people killed and 11 injured. The brothers were killed during a police operation in Dammartin-en-Goele on January 9.

Cherif Kouachi was also allegedly in contact with Amedy Coulibaly, who took several people hostage at a Jewish supermarket in Paris last week. Four of them died before officers stormed Hyper Cacher, located near Porte de Vincennes. Coulibaly was killed during a police raid on the store.

A man claiming to be Coulibaly spoke to BFM TV, a French news channel, during the hostage crisis. He claimed that he 'synchronized … operations' with the Kouachis.

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