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Man linked to Hebdo attackers held

Bulgarian authorities say they have arrested a French citizen believed to have links to one of the brothers suspected of the terror attack against the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Fritz-Joly Joachin, 29, had two European arrest warrants against him, including one for participating in a criminal organisation with a terrorist aim, according to prosecutors in the southern province of Haskovo.

Speaking on the private Nova TV channel, prosecutor Darina Slavova said the warrant cited Joachin's possible association with one of the Paris attackers, Cherif Kouachi.

The second European arrest warrant against Joachin was for allegedly kidnapping his three-year-old son and smuggling him out of the country, said Ms Slavova

Cherif and Said Kouachi were killed on Friday by police after a murderous spree at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, while their friend Amedy Coulibaly died after an attack at a kosher supermarket.

The three all claimed ties to Islamic extremists in the Middle East.


From Belfast Telegraph