Paris Suspects Identified, One With Terrorist History [Updated]

One of the three terrorists believed to have carried out this morning’s attack on Charlie Hebdo has turned himself into the police, while authorities apparently are closing in on the other two, reportedly in Reims:

The youngest suspect in today’s deadly attack at a satirical newspaper’s office in Paris has turned himself in, French police said, while the other two are “on the loose, armed and dangerous.”

Officials identified the suspects as Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, two relatives both in their 30s and still at large, and 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, who is in custody.

Cherif Kouachi, 34, is on Global watch list, ABC News has confirmed.

Kouachi, along with six others, was sentenced in May 2008 to 3 years in prison for terrorism in Paris. All seven men were accused of sending about a dozen young Frenchmen to join Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, after funneling them through radical religious establishments in Syria and Egypt. French authorities believed Kouachi had been planning to go to Syria for training in 2005.

So lenient criminal sentencing is part of the problem here. The Kouachi brothers:

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UIPDATE: Paul notes that Kouachi served only 18 months of his three-year sentence. This kind of thing is symptomatic of a death wish among Western liberals.

FURTHER UPDATE: The Reims raid apparently was successful as one of the remaining terrorists is dead and another is in custody. A fourth suspected terrorist has also reportedly been arrested.

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