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Police arrested 12 people, including four women, in the Paris area who are suspected of links to last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. A bomb threat caused an hourlong evacuation of the Gare de l'Est train station in Paris. A heavily armed man took hostages at a post office in Colombes, just west of Paris, before surrendering to special forces officers; no one was hurt.




The head of cyberdefense for the French military warned that since last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, cyberattacks have been launched against some 19,000 French websites; known Islamist hacker groups carried out a number of the attacks. French and Spanish authorities are looking into possible links between jihadists in Madrid and the terrorists who attacked in Paris. President Hollande noted that Muslims are the primary victims of Islamic extremism. Two people were arrested in Paris for running down a policewoman outside the Presidential Palace.




Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed the Jan. 7 attack by Cherif and Said Kaouchi on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, and said an attack by Amedy Coulibaly the same day on a Jewish market in Paris "coincided" with the AQAP attack. The print run for the "survivor" issue of Charlie Hebdo was expanded after three million copies sold out. Prime Minister Valls said yesterday that blasphemy will never feature in the laws of France. Since last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, the Justice Ministry has opened 37 cases involving support for terrorism and 12 for threatened terrorist acts. The Parliament has approved continuing the French airstrikes in Iraq against the Islamic State, and a French aircraft carrier will be deployed to the Gulf to support the US-led mission against the terrorist group.




Prime Minister Valls told Parliament that the country is at war with "terrorism, jihadism and radicalism" but emphasized that "France is not at war against Islam and Muslims." The forthcoming issue of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, targeted by Islamic extremists in a deadly attack last week, will feature a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on its front page. Turkey accused France of "insufficient" cooperation in antiterrorism efforts, complaining that French intelligence has provided Turkey with the names of only 500 of the 1,200 suspects on France's Islamic State blacklist.




Officials are continuing to search for accomplices of the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket in Paris, including Hayat Boumeddiene, 26; Turkish officials said she entered Syria from Turkey on Jan. 8. Officials said up to six members of the eight or 10-person terrorist cell may be at large. Controversial French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala was put under investigation for posting a comment online that appeared to sympathize with the terrorists. Defense Minister LeDrian said 10,000 soldiers will be mobilized to protect against Islamist attacks in France; Interior Minister Cazeneuve said 4,700 police officers will be assigned to protect the 700 Jewish schools and institutions in France.




Authorities are searching for more information on jihadist plots, after this week's terrorist attacks in Paris and the disclosure that surveillance had been lifted on two of the attackers just months ago. Over a million people, including a number of world leaders, marched in Paris to protest terrorism and attacks on free speech. A video emerged showing Amedy Coulibaly, one of the terrorists slain during the Paris attacks, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.




French security forces remain on high alert following this week's terrorist attacks in Paris. Authorities are searching for Hayat Boumedienne, the girlfriend of slain suspect Ahmedy Coulibaly. Some reports suggested she had gone to Turkey earlier this month and may now be in Syria. Prime Minister Valls said France is engaged in "a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity." Over 200,000 people marched in French cities today in protest against terrorism.




Said and Cherif Kouachi, two brothers suspected in an al Qaeda-linked attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris, were killed in a shootout with police in Dammartin-en-Goele; a hostage taken by the suspects was freed. A gunman suspected in the murder of a policewoman yesterday killed four hostages at a Jewish supermarket in Paris; security forces killed the gunman, Ahmedy Coulibaly, who was a friend of the Kouachi brothers, and freed several hostages. A female suspect, Hayat Boumedienne, 26, is said to be at large. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula released a statement celebrating the attack on Charlie Hebdo and threatening further attacks on France.




A manhunt continued for two brothers, Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said, 34, who are key suspects in yesterday's terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris. Last night, Said Mouref, 18, said to be a relative of the Kouachi brothers, surrendered to police in a village near the Belgian border. Security forces have detained nine acquaintances of the two suspects for questioning. A policewoman was shot and another person was wounded by a gunman in a Paris suburb.




Authorities are on high alert and security has been stepped up after a terrorist attack by Islamist gunmen on the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, that left at least 12 people dead, including two policemen; some 20 others were wounded. The attackers escaped, and officials are reportedly looking for three gunmen. A car blew up blew up in front of a Paris synagogue. President Hollande said authorities had foiled other terrorist attacks in France in recent weeks. Thousands of people in Paris, Lyons, and other cities across France rallied in support of freedom of expression and solidarity with the victims of the attack.




Prime Minister Valls announced that France is deploying an additional 300 security forces to patrol public areas during the Christmas holiday, following three attacks over the past week. Authorities arrested a man this morning who was carrying two shotguns and a knife at a market in Cannes. Officials are playing down suspicions that the recent attacks were coordinated or linked to terrorism. The first issue of a pro-Islamic State magazine in French appeared on social media yesterday.




A man rammed a van into a Christmas market in Nantes, wounding at least 10 people, and then stabbed himself. The day before, at least 11 people were wounded as a car repeatedly targeted pedestrians in Dijon; the prosecutor said the hour-long rampage by a driver shouting "Allahu Akhbar" was not a terrorist act as the man was mentally ill. Burundian officials arrested known extremist Brice Nzohabonayo, the brother of Bertrand Nzohabonayo, who was shot dead on Dec. 20 when he attacked three policemen with a knife in Tours; authorities are investigating to see if attacks are being planned in Burundi.




Police shot and killed a man who attacked three police officers with a knife, wounding two seriously, at a police station in Tours. The attacker, a Burundian known to the police for previous crimes, shouted "Allahu Akhbar" during the attack; his brother was a known extremist who had tried to travel to Syria.




Defense Minister LeDrian said France is willing to coordinate a regional task force in Africa to confront Boko Haram; the 2,800-strong force was pledged by regional powers in July but has not yet materialized. He urged greater cooperation among African nations on security matters. He also noted that jihadists driven from Mali have regrouped in southern Libya and threaten the stability of the region. The UN's special envoy to the Sahel region warned that "the Boko Haram problem is no longer limited to Nigeria" and also that the Islamic State appears to be running training camps in Libya.




During raids in Toulouse, Paris, Bordeaux, and Normandy, antiterrorism police arrested at least 10 suspected members of a jihadist recruiting network, as part of an investigation begun in late 2013. Among those arrested were two prison inmates and a woman. The number of French jihadists traveling to Syria has risen at least 80 percent this year.




The Foreign Ministry said several people were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan by a suicide bombing at a French school in the city. The French military announced that Ahmed el Tilemsi, a top commander in the al Qaeda-linked al Mourabitoun, was killed by French forces in Mali. A French media report claimed that Toulouse shooter Mohamed Merah and two accomplices robbed a jewelry store in Toulouse during the week in which he conducted three attacks.




Serge Lazarevic, a Frenchman held hostage by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb since 2011, arrived back in France. Lazarevic was reportedly freed in exchange for the release of AQIM members Heiba Ag Acherif and Mohammed Ali Ag Wadossene; the French government did not disclose whether a ransom was paid. President Hollande thanked the presidents of Mali and Niger for their help in freeing Lazarevic, and said no more French hostages are being held anywhere. The mother of a teenage French boy who is now allegedly fighting for the Al Nusrah Front in Syria has sued the French government for failing to stop him from traveling to Syria last year.




Nabil Ouerfelli and Yasmine Znaidi, two leaders of the Paris and Gaza-based Islamic charity Pearl of Hope, have been charged with financing terrorism, and the charity has been shut down. Ouerfelli, who also fought in Syria, has links to militant groups there, including the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front. A suspected Boko Haram attack on a French cement factory in Nigeria was repelled by Nigerian forces. A French anti-Semitism association reported that there have been nearly 900 incidents of threats and violence against Jews in France so far this year, more than double last year's total.




A French special forces soldier was killed and two other soldiers were wounded in a helicopter crash during a training mission in Burkina Faso. The National Assembly voted to urge the recognition of Palestine as a state.




French jihadist Mickael Dos Santos and his mother denied that he was featured in a recent Islamic State video as an executioner. The mayor of the small town of Labastide-Rouairoux in southern France identified French jihadist Abou Ossama Al-Faranci as appearing in the video, and noted that he had left Toulouse for Syria about a year ago.


 
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