PARIS – An 18-year-old implicated alongside two brothers in the bloody attack against a satirical weekly in Paris has surrendered to police, according to a source close to the case.
â€œHamyd Mourad handed himself in to police … on Wednesday at 11pm (2200 GMT) after seeing his name circulating on social media,â€ the source told AFP.
â€œHe has been arrested and taken into custody,â€ another source confirmed.
Earlier unconfirmed media reports said one of the suspects in the attack had been killed by police and the other two taken into custody.
NBC News quoted two senior US counter-terrorism officials as saying this, as an anti-terror raid was under way in the French city of Reims.
French anti-terror police launched a late-night raid on Wednesday in a frantic manhunt for masked gunmen who killed 12 people at a satirical weekly in Paris, sparking global outrage.
Local television showed black-clad sharpshooters from the elite police unit in the streets of Reims, in Franceâ€™s Champagne region, as reports named three suspects in the attack, including two brothers.
Police issued a document to forces across the region, saying three men were being sought for murder in relation to the Charlie Hebdo attack.
The document, reviewed by a Reuters correspondent, named them as Said Kouachi, 34, Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Hamyd Mourad, 18.
The police source said one of them had been identified by his identity card which had been left in the getaway car.
The Kouachi brothers were from the Paris region while Mourad was from the north-eastern city of Reims, said reports.
The hooded attackers stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly known for lampooning Islam and other religions, in the most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.
One of the siblings had previously been tried on terrorism charges, according to the reports. – Agencies