Moments ago, French Le Point revealed the nationality of the three Paris terrorists: via Bloomberg: PARIS ATTACKERS ARE FRENCH-ALGERIAN, LE POINT SAYS.
Le Metro added that two of the three men, aged 18, 32 and 34 were actually born in France.
And finally, according to French sources, their names: Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi and Hamyd Mourad:
METRO - According to our information, the three individuals wanted by the police after the attack that occurred Wednesday morning at the premises of Charlie Hebdo have been identified.
Their names and dates of birth are in the hands of the police. This Wednesday evening, a few hours after the terrible attack on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the identities of the three suspects were known to law enforcement.
The investigation is moving towards Reims (in Champagne-Ardennes, north east France, bordering Belgium).
It is three men aged 18, 32 and 34 years. Two are of French nationality and are brothers born in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. They are named Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi. The nationality of the youngest, Hamyd Mourad is not yet known. We know however that he was registered in last year’s class in a school in Charleville-Mézières, in the Academy of Reims (Champagne-Ardennes). The local newspaper, L’Union en Ardennais, indicated late in the afternoon that the investigation was leaning towards Reims.
Searches are being conducted and special forces of the RAID have been sent there. The Croix-Rouge district has been totally closed off and police helicopters are flying over the area.
One of the alleged attackers, Cherif Kouachi, would already be well known to the police.
He has been tried in 2005 to have been part of a chain of dispatch of jihadists in Iraq, dubbed “the Iraqi sector of the 19th arrondissement of Paris” (“la filière irakienne du 19e arrondissement de Paris”). With a dozen companions, he induced a dozen young people for combat in Iraq between 2003 and 2005.
He was arrested in 2005, where he was preparing himself to go to Iraq. At the time, he justified before the President of the Court in these terms: “the more the departure approached, the more I wanted to go back. But if I retract, I would pass for a coward.” He was sentenced to three years in prison, with 18 months suspension.