At least two people were killed in an attack at a kosher supermarket on the eastern edge of Paris on Friday after a gunman linked to the killing of a policewoman and an attack on a French satirical newspaper took multiple hostages, multiple media outlets reported.
Police and government officials haven’t confirmed the deaths. Several people were wounded in the attack near Paris’ Porte de Vincennes, one of the main Jewish communities in the city, after a man armed with an automatic rifle opened fire in the market Friday.
The gunman declared “you know who I am,” according to a police official who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he we was not authorized to speak about the situation.
A police bulletin issued Friday named two suspects in the shooting of policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 27, as Hayat Boumeddiene, 26 and Amedy Coulibaly, 32. Boumeddiene is believed to be the girlfriend of Coulibaly, according to Le Monde.
The official speaking to the Associated Press named Coulibaly as the market hostage-taker and linked him to the newsroom massacre that killed 12 at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. Boumeddiene is believed to be his accomplice, the official said.
The tense situation in the supermarket developed as the two suspects in the Hebdo terror attack were cornered in a small industrial town northeast of Paris on Friday and told police they wanted to die as martyrs.
The suspects, Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his older brother Said, 34, took refuge in a small printing warehouse in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, located about 30 miles northeast of Paris. According to a town official, at least one person was being held hostage.
Coulibaly is linked to the Kouachi brothers, senior French police official Christophe Tirante told the New York Times.
“We are sure that Coulibaly was in connection with the Kouachi brothers,” Tirante said. “They knew each other and met several times. They are from the same generation.”
Coulibaly had frequent contact with the Kouachi brothers within the jihadist elements of Paris district Buttes-Chaumont, which revolved around the mosque there, French broadcaster RTL reported.
However, there was not necessarily coordination between the two attacks, according to police, the broadcaster said.
Two others were detained Thursday in connection with the shooting death of Jean-Philippe in Montrouge, located in the southern Parisian suburbs.