Four suspected accomplices detained for Charlie Hebdo meat cleaver attack

Suspects accused of inciting alleged attacker to carry out plot

Four people have been arrested in France suspected of having criminal links to a Pakistani man who staged an attack armed with a meat cleaver outside the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices in October.
The assault, for which Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud is accused, took place as a court case involving 14 accomplices to the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo's office and a Jewish supermarket in Paris got under way.
The four detained earlier this week, all of Pakistani origin, are suspected of taking part in a terrorist conspiracy, of being aware of the attacker's plot and inciting him to carry it out, a judicial source told AFP news agency.

The 14 Hebdo accomplices were convicted on charges ranging from membership of a criminal network to complicity in the attacks on Wednesday.

Among them was Hayat Boumeddiene, former partner of Amedy Coulibaly, who killed a female police officer and then four people in a Jewish supermarket.
Coulibaly was an associate of the gunmen behind the deadly attack at the Paris offices of the magazine in 2015.

Ayoub El Khazzani, a Moroccan man who attempted a terrorist attack on train travelling between Amsterdam and Paris in August 2015, was jailed for life on Thursday.

He was armed with an AK-47 automatic rifle and 300 rounds of ammunition but heroic passengers managed to overpower him before he caused anyone serious harm.