Charlie Hebdo attack: French police investigate whether there was a fourth Paris gunman

Suspect’s DNA found on Tokarev semi-automatic pistol used by Amedy Coulibaly when he attacked the kosher supermarket in Paris

French police are investigating whether one of 12 suspects held in connection with the Paris terrorist attacks might have been a “fourth” gunman.

The suspect’s DNA has been found on a Tokarev semi-automatic pistol used by Amedy Coulibaly when he attacked the kosher supermarket. The same weapon was also used to shoot and injure a jogger two days earlier on Jan 7.

The eight men and four women in custody were arrested on Friday. They are being questioned over whether they helped the Kouachi brothers, who attacked Charlie Hebdo magazine killing 12 people, and Coulibaly, who killed a policewoman on Jan 8 and four hostages in a Jewish supermarket the following day.

Investigators are trying to establish who shot the jogger, a 32-year-old electrician who is now in a coma. Before losing consciousness, the victim is believed to have described his attacker as being “of European appearance”, which would rule out Coulibaly. The motive might have been to test the gun before the terrorist attacks that were to follow.

This is part of a wider inquiry into exactly how Coulibaly and the Kouachi brothers obtained their firearms and ammunition, which were worth about £19,000.

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