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Charlie Hebdo: Shooting of jogger is linked to store killer

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The shooting of a jogger in a Paris suburb on the same day as the Charlie Hebdo massacre has been linked to the gunman who killed a policewoman and four hostages at a kosher supermarket.

In a brief statement, a Paris prosecutor said ballistics tests on shell cases from the shooting in Fontenay aux Roses linked them to the automatic weapon at the store stormed two days later. The jogger was seriously wounded.

Amedy Coulibaly died when police stormed the supermarket, minutes after security forces killed the brothers who carried out the massacre at Charlie Hebdo.

Yesterday, video emerged of Coulibaly pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group and defending the attacks on the newspaper and the Jewish store. Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen has said it directed the brothers' attack on the newspaper to avenge the honour of the Prophet Mohammed.

In the video, apparently filmed over several days, Coulibaly can be seen with a gun, exercising and giving speeches in fluent French and broken Arabic in front of an Islamic State emblem. He defends the attacks on Charlie Hebdo, police and the store.

"What we are doing is completely legitimate, given what they are doing," Coulibaly tells the camera. "You cannot attack and not expect retribution so you are playing the victim as if you don't understand what's happening."

The SITE Intelligence Group said it had verified the video.

Five people detained in connection with the bloodshed have been released from custody, the Paris prosecutor's spokeswoman said.

Coulibaly's widow, who has been named as an accomplice, is believed to have travelled to a Turkish city near Syria, but then all traces of her were lost, according to Turkish intelligence.

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