Paris terror attack: Brothers hunted in newspaper massacre gallery video

TERROR SUSPECTS: Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi
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TERROR SUSPECTS: Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi

Two brothers are suddenly the most wanted men in France, suspected of the armed onslaught on a newspaper office that claimed a dozen lives and horrified most of the world.

Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, were the targets of a mammoth manhunt following Wednesday's slayings at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

The younger Kouachi, a former pizza deliveryman, had been sentenced to 18 months of prison in 2008 after trying to leave France to join Muslim fighters battling in Iraq.

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Police are hunting three French nationals, including two brothers from the Paris region, after suspected Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at satirical magazine. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Associated Press reporters who covered the trial, which exposed a recruiting pipeline for Islamic holy war in a rough multiethnic and working-class neighborhood of northeastern Paris, recalled a skinny young defendant who appeared very nervous in court.

Cherif Kouachi's lawyer said at the time his client had gotten in over his head with the wrong crowd.

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During the trial, Kouachi was said to have undergone only minimal training for combat, going jogging in a Paris park to shape up and learning how a Kalashnikov automatic rifle works by studying a sketch. He was described at the time as a reluctant holy warrior, relieved to have been stopped by French counterespionage officials from taking a Syria-bound flight that was ultimately supposed to lead him into the battlefields of Iraq.

But imprisonment changed his former client, attorney Vincent Ollivier told Le Parisien newspaper in a story published Thursday. Cherif Kouachi became closed off and unresponsive and started growing a beard, the lawyer said, adding the time in prison may have turned his client into a ticking time bomb.

However, a French television documentary that portrayed Kouachi's abortive attempt to fight in Iraq suggested his radicalization may have occurred well before he was locked up behind bars. Many French Muslims were infuriated by the 2003 U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, the program said, and by the negative consequences for Iraqis, ranging from the death of civilians to the abuse of detainees by American captors.

Twelve people including two police officers are killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Mana Rabiee reports.

Footage included in the 2005 documentary, part of a prestigious French public television series entitled "Evidence for the Prosecution," showed Kouachi in 2004, when, according to the narrator, the young man in a black T-shirt with extremely close-cropped hair and a chunky wristwatch was more interested in pretty girls than going to the mosque. He appears relaxed and smiling as he pals around with friends.

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At one point, with a baseball cap turned backward on his head, Kouachi belts out some rap music and breaks into a joyful dance.

It was the teachings of a radical Muslim preacher in his Paris neighborhood, Kouachi is quoted as saying in the documentary, that put him on the path to jihad.

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A woman holds a placard that reads, "I am Charlie", during a vigil at Trafalgar Square in London.

The words Paris Est Charlie 'Paris is Charlie' are projected onto the Arc de Triomphe on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France.

Gunmen shoot a wounded police officer on the ground at point-blank range after fleeing the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in this image taken from amateur video.

A woman with "Not scared" written on her hands as she attends a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris shooting.

Hundreds gathered in Paris in the hours after the attack to remember the dead.

Vigils were held all over Europe for the victim, this one in London where people raised pens to honour the journalists.

Firefighters carry a victim on a stretcher at the scene after masked gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, killing 12 people.

French policemen stand next to funeral hearse in front of the entrance of the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo after the shooting, which killed 12 people.

Gunmen shoot a police officer dead outside the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in this still image taken from amateur video.

Police investigators examine the impacts from machine gun fire on the front of a police vehicle in the street near the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper, where masked gunmen killed 12 people.

Policemen look at a bullet impact on a car after Paris terror attack.

Police and emergency services are seen near the scene of the Paris terror attack.

Footage from the rooftops of the terror attacks in Paris

A woman holds a placard that reads "Hand in hand against barbarity," during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attack.

A man holds a placard that reads, "I prefer to die standing than live on my knees," during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attack.

A woman holds a placard in Paris at Republique square during a vigil to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A person holds a placard which reads "I am Charlie" to pay tribute during a gathering at the Place de la Republique in Paris, following a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A woman with a bouquet of roses is surrounded by journalists as she arrives at the scene after a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo.

A placard which reads "I am Charlie" is pictured as people gather in front of the European Parliament in Brussels to pay tribute to the victims of the shooting at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

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The cleric "told me that (holy) texts prove the benefits of suicide attacks," Kouachi is quoted as saying. "It's written in the texts that it's good to die as a martyr."

Less is known publicly about Said Kouachi, the older brother, but French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told French radio Thursday that both were known to intelligence services and were likely being followed before the Charlie Hebdo attack.

A third suspect identified by French authorities in the Paris newspaper attack that killed 12 people and wounded 11 others has turned himself in. Mourad Hamyd, 18, surrendered at a police station after learning his name was linked to the attacks in the news, Paris prosecutor spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said, but she did not specify his relationship to the Kouachi brothers.

CRIME SCENE: Police examine the impacts from machine gun fire on the front of a police vehicle in the street near the ...
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CRIME SCENE: Police examine the impacts from machine gun fire on the front of a police vehicle in the street near the offices.

Locator map of Charlie Hebdo magazine where gunmen went on rampage.

Locator map of Charlie Hebdo magazine where gunmen went on rampage.

BRUTAL ATTACK: A survivor talks on her mobile phone (foreground) as police and emergency services take control of the ...
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BRUTAL ATTACK: A survivor talks on her mobile phone (foreground) as police and emergency services take control of the scene after 12 people were killed in an attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris, France.

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