Charlie Hebdo attack: The hunt for the killers
French police hunt for terror attack suspects 03:35
Paris (CNN) – Police have arrested several people in connection with the shooting at the offices of France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine, but the hunt is still on for the two men who carried out Europe’s deadliest terror attack in more than three years.
Brothers Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, are the prime suspects in Wednesday’s brazen lunchtime attack that killed 12 people and wounded 11.
Police fanned out across France on Thursday looking for the pair. A third suspect turned himself in.
“They are still free, they are heavily armed, so we can be afraid of further violence,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an interview with French broadcaster RTL.
Latest updates at 4:19 a.m. ET
Pope Francis prayed Thursday for the victims of the attack, the Vatican said. The attack “brings to mind so much cruelty – human cruelty – so much terrorism, both isolated (incidents of) terrorism and of state terrorism,” adding, “of how much cruelty is man capable,” according to a written statement from the Vatican.
The two police officers killed in the attack have been identified as Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls Thursday voiced full-throated support for Charlie Hebdo, saying “Charlie Hebdo must continue,” and adding that there must be no limits on freedom.
Valls said the main suspects were “known to the security services.”
One person was arrested in a southern Paris suburb Thursday morning after “quite a large shooting” incident, Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman told CNN. It’s not yet known if there is any connection to the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.
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