PARIS – Four men are facing preliminary charges Tuesday on suspicion of links to a gunman involved in France’s deadliest terrorist attacks in decades.
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The Paris prosecutor’s office said the four, who would be the first to face charges in the case, are suspected of providing logistical support to Amedy Coulibaly. Coulibaly shot a policewoman to death on the outskirts of Paris and then seized hostages inside a kosher supermarket, killing four before he was killed by police. It is not clear whether the suspects were involved in plotting the attacks or even aware of Coulibaly’s plans.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said five others arrested in the investigation were released Tuesday without charge.
The four men, all in their 20s, will appear before an investigating judge later Tuesday. No other details were immediately available.
No one has been charged for direct involvement in the attacks Jan. 7-9 on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, the kosher market and police. Twenty people were killed, including the three gunmen, who claimed allegiance to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.
A Malian employee whose quick thinking saved lives at the kosher market was getting French citizenship on Tuesday, and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was arriving to pay respects to victims of the attacks.