from 21st Century Wire:
It’s being touted as ‘France’s 9-11′. This evening French Authorities have announced they are in hot pursuit of the two Charlie Hebdo shooters, who are believed to now be fleeing through the forest – but what are their chances of survival?
In what global media are now describing as “the largest man-hunt in Europe’s history”, French SWAT units have now entered the forest of Retz, a large wooded region located 50 miles northeast of Paris, this after receiving ‘reports’ that the two fugitive suspects, Cherif and Said Kouachi reportedly abandoned their vehicle on a nearby country road.
The fugitive suspects are said to be the ‘French-born’ sons of Algerian-born parents, who incredibly, were already under police surveillance, with at least one already on a “no fly list”, and even jailed for 18 months for trying to travel on jihad to Iraq 10 years previous. US officials have also leaked to the media the talking point that one of the brothers, Said Kouachi, was also in Yemen in 2011 for a number of months “training with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)”.
Police helicopters have been scrambled, along with several dozen police vehicles, tactical RAID off-road units, as French teams scour the 13,000-hectare woodland and adjacent farming properties. Additionally, French military soldiers have also been deployed, firstly in Paris itself, but it’s unclear yet if the military are joining in the dragnet operation near Retz.
French official now report that, in addition to the two fleeing suspects still at large, and the 18 year old ‘false positive’ suspect currently in police custody (a student who police still cannot tie to the Charlie Hebdo shooting), at least 7 other ‘friends and associates’ of suspects have also been arrested today.
The police were apparently ‘tipped off’ when reports emerged from the nearby village of 300 people, where they claim to have located the two suspects’ abandoned the Renault Clio hijacked in Paris after Wednesday’s shooting, and claim the suspects fled on foot, leaving the vehicle stocked with “jihadists flags”, and ‘Molotov cocktails’ (the only thing missing from this story so far is a copy of the Koran on left the seat of the vehicle, and ID’s of the suspects*).
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