Manhunt for Charlie Hebdo killers centers on northern France

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PARIS, France – The Eiffel Tower went dark in Paris, as the nation continues to mourn the twelve people killed in Wednesday’s terrorist attack at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

But for most of the day, northern France was the center of attention after a gas station attendant told police he thought he recognized Cherif and Said Kouachi as the men who stole food and fuel after threatening him.

Police blocked a rural road leading to Longpont, the roadblock about six miles from the gas station. They also used helicopters as eyes in the sky, searching for the killers.

And now, a video has surfaced, apparently shot about ten years ago. It shows Cherif Kouachi trying to rap with friends.

Kouachi spent time in prison for being part of a jihadist recruitment ring.

French police say another terrorist killed a female police officer and seriously wounded a street sweeper south of Paris. The shooting occurred while the officer was directing traffic around an accident scene. Police have not connected the attack to the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Meantime, police have not charged the 18-year-old suspect in the Charlie Hebdo killings. He turned himself in, but there’s a possibility he was in school at the time.

Also, there are reports police have detained nine people in connection with the attack.

French police say all evidence shows the deadly assault was retaliation for cartoons about Islam and the prophet Mohammed.

Cartoonists from around the world picked up their pens to pick up the slack left by the massacre. Most of them showing the power of the pen over terrorism. A power the cartoonists believe will get stronger every day.

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