Support for Paris gunmen takes form on Twitter

#JeSuisKouachi, or “I am Kouachi” named after two attackers, Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, is becoming popular on social media site Twitter

A new hashtag has emerged on Twitter in support of gunmen who carried out deadly attacks in France that killed 17 people.

#JeSuisKouachi, or “I am Kouachi” is named after two brothers, Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, who carried out Wednesday’s attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, including leading French cartoonists and police officers.

According to trends determined at the, the #JeSuisKouachi tag appeared to become hugely popular in the last 24 hours, especially Friday after three gunmen were killed at the end of two hostage situations in France. According to statistics determined by the social media analytics site, the tag was shared at one point by more than 5,000 people per hour.