THE ISLAMIST ASSASSINS who mounted today’s terrorist attack at a Paris satirical magazine’s office moved with the skill and precision of highly-trained commandos, seeking out and executing those targeted for death, making a clean getaway — that included stopping to murder a wounded police officer pleading for mercy.
Analyzing the organization of Paris terror attack
French police have identified the three Islamist gunmen who mounted Wednesday’s terrorist attack at a Paris satirical magazine’s office and said one had been convicted of terrorism charges in 2008.
Two officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, named the suspects to the Associated Press as Frenchmen Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, in their early 30s, as well as 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality wasn’t immediately clear.
One of the officials said they were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network.
All three remain at large.
Cherif Kouachi was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The gunmen moved with the skill and precision of highly-trained commandos, military experts told FoxNews.com.
Masked and garbed in black, the AK-47 wielding assassins appeared to be executing a well-coordinated plan in the late-morning raid, methodically seeking out and executing those targeted for death, and making a clean getaway — all in the span of a few minutes. Moments after the 11:30 a.m. attack, the three assassins were gone. A manhunt continued into the evening in a shaken and locked-down Paris.