More details are emerging about the two dead brothers suspected of involvement in the Charlie Hebdo atrocity. Cherif Kouachi, 32, has already spent time in a French prison and it is alleged that his brother Said, 34, trained in Yeman.
The two men are French, of Algerian origin and were brought up in France. Sources say that even before this week the brothers had been on the US No Fly list, and were known to the French security service.
Said Kouachi’s French identity card was found in the first getaway car. Press reports later said that DNA testing from the car had matched the ID card.
According to reports, Cherif grew up in an orphanage in Rennes, trained as a fitness coach, had at one time been part of a rap group, and worked delivering pizzas in Paris.
Cherif was detained by police in 2005 while attempting to fly to Syria, and in 2008 was jailed for helping to send militants to Iraq, and served 18 months of a 3 year sentence.
His brother Said is reported to have visited Yemen in 2011 to train with al-Qaeda-affiliated militants. It is alleged that they regularly visited a mosque in the Stalingrad area of Paris, where they spent time with a radical imam called Farid Benyettou.