Cherif Kouachi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A member of the French special forces entering the printing factory. (Getty)

A member of the French special forces entering the printing factory where the Kourachi brothers had been holed-up. (Getty)

Cherif Kouachi has been named as one of three suspects in the January 7 terror attack at the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

The other suspects are Cherif’s brother, Said Kouachi, 34, and Hamyd Mourad, 18.

Here’s what we know about Cherif Kouachi and his alleged role in this atrocity:

1. Cherif Kouachi Is Dead

Reims to Paris terrorist map

The city of Reims is about 90 miles east of Paris. (Google Maps)

The latest information is that the two brothers have been killed after taking a hostage inside of a print-works close in a rural area, north east of Paris. The brothers had reportedly been prepared to die as martyrs. The building where Said and his brother were holed up was raided by French anti-terrorism cops. During that raid, the brothers were both killed. As French special forces closed in on the pair, the Kouachi brothers reportedly tried to shoot their way out of the building and were shot dead during this attempt. You can watch news footage from the raid here:

A French interior ministry spokesman had said just prior to the raid that police want to start a dialogue with the suspects and don’t want to storm the building. In a tweet, the spokesman said “The priority is to establish a dialogue. This can take a long time, hours and sometimes days.” Minutes after that tweet was sent, explosions and gunfire were heard coming from the print-works. At 11:13 a.m. Eastern time, Sky News in the UK reported that ambulances were driving towards the print-works. Around ten minutes later, French TV began to report that the Kouachi brothers were dead.

Said Kouachi

French police stand in Longpont, northern France, on January 8, 2015, during searches as part of an investigation into a deadly attack the day before by armed gunmen on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. (Getty)

The Guardian reports that there are “tens of thousand of French troops have joined the police hunt.” The small rural towns of Longpont and Villers-Cotterets have been besieged by troops and military equipment as the search goes on. Police were first led to the area when it was reported that the brothers had robbed a gas station around 70 miles north-east of Paris.

Manhunt For Charlie Hebdo Attackers Continues In Northern France

Members of the French army are searching any vehicle that enters the region where the Kouachi brothers are believed to be hiding out. (Getty)

As news that the brothers are dead filters through, the hostage situation is over at the kosher supermarket in the neighborhood of Porte de Vincennes, on the eastern edge of Paris. One of the hostage takers, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, was said to be a friend of the Kouachi brothers and is the suspect in the shooting of a French policewoman in southern Paris on January 8. Coulibaly has been killed by French anti-terror police. Four of his hostages were also killed.

Couibaly’s alleged accomplice has been named as 26-year-old female terror suspect Hayat Boumedienne.

Amedy Coulibaly: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

French cops killed three terrorists Friday in a pair of dramatic raids at different locations, capping a surreal day in which at least four hostages were killed inside a kosher supermarket.

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2. His Death Comes on the Same Day His Terrorist Mentor, Abu Hamza, Was Sentenced to Live in Prison

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The Associated Press reported in 2008 that Cherif Kouachi had been sentenced to three years in prison in Paris for helping to funnel prospective jihadi fighters from France to Iraq. He served 18 months, with the remainder of his sentence was suspended. In that case, Cherif was named as a member of the 19th arrondissement network, named for the mainly North African neighborhood where they were based.

The New York Times first reported on Cherif in 2005. It was reported that he had become inspired to fight in jihad due to the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuses. Prior to the emergence of those abuses, the Liberation newspaper reported, Cherif was not a devout muslim. He had girlfriends, smoked and drank alcohol. On January 8, the day after the Charlie Hebdo attack, a rap video apparently featuring Cherif Kouachi appeared:

WATCH: Cherif Kouachi Rap Video, Charlie Hebdo Suspect

Before becoming a jihadist, Cherif Kouachi was an aspiring rapper.

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In addition to his lengthy terrorist career, Cherif was on a no-fly list in the U.S. CNN reports that Cherif had trained with Al Qaeda in Yemen.

Abu Hamza, the hook handed hate preacher who recruited jihadist from his mosque in London, is said to be one of the mentors of Cherif Kouachi. (Getty)

Abu Hamza, the hook handed hate preacher who recruited jihadist from his mosque in London, is said to be one of the mentors of Cherif Kouachi. (Getty)

The Daily Telegraph in London reports that Cherif Kouachi was a follower of Djamel Beghal, a prominent Al Qaeda recruiter. The newspaper further reports that Cherif was mentored by Abu Hamza, the hook-handed hate preacher who was sentenced to life in prison in New York on terrorism charges on January 9. He had girlfriends, smoked and drank alcohol. AFP reports that one of the Charlie Hebdo gunmen “told French TV he was sent and financed by Al Qaeda.”

3. Cherif & Said Kouachi Are Orphaned Sons of Algerian Parents

Said Kouachi Passport Photo

Said Kouachi’s passport, which police say they found in the getaway car. (Handout)

Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi were born in Paris, raised in the French city of Rennes, and later moved back to Paris, where Cherif worked as pizza delivery man, reports Liberation. The Kouachi brothers were orphaned by their Algerian-immigrant parents as children. A German journalist with the tabloid Bild tweeted this pic, saying it shows the Kouachi brothers together:

4. One of the Kouachi Brother’s Alleged Comrades Is Still in High School

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(Philippe Dupeyrat/AFP/Getty Images)

While Cherif is an experienced jihadi, Hamyd Mourad, an alleged accomplice of his, is reported to be just 18 years old. Metro News in Paris reports that he is a student at a high school in Charleville-Mezieres, outside the city of Reims. Later, many of Mourad’s classmates came forward to say that he took no part in the Charlie Hebdo attack because he was in school that day. Hamyd Mourad handed himself over to police without incident in Charleville-Mezieres on January 7 where he remains. He has not been charged.

Said Kouachi: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Said Kouachi, brother of convicted terrorist Cherif Kouachi, is one of three suspects in the Paris terror attack that killed 10 journalists and two cops at the offices of satire magazine Charlie Hebdo has been killed.

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5. The Kouachi Brothers Were Armed With Rocket Launchers & Assault Rifles

Kouachi and his alleged accomplices were armed with assault rifles and rocket launchers when they stormed the headquarters of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo. In total 12 people were killed when the terrorists, described as commandos, fired as many as 50 shots during the daylight attack.

Of the 12 dead, 10 are journalists and two are police officers. Early reports suggest that specific journalists were called out by the gunmen before being shot. One of the police officers was shot at close range as he lay on the street. You can see more raw footage of the attack above.

Several more people were wounded in the attack, with some in critical condition.

French President Francois Hollande, who quickly arrived at the scene of the horror, called the attack one “of exceptional barbarity” and immediately deemed it to be terrorism.

Among the deceased victims are editor Stephane Charbonnier (pen name “Charb“); cartoonist Jean Cabut (pen name “Cabu,“); Georges Wolinski, an 80-year-old famed cartoonist; and economist Bernard Maris.

In 2012, Charbonnier was quoted as saying, “I prefer to die standing than to live on my knees.” He had received numerous death threats in the past and had been living in police protection. The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Gerard Biard, was in London when the shooting occurred.

Charlie Hebdo Terror Attack: The Photos You Need to See

3 masked men armed with automatic rifles and a rocket launcher attacked the headquarters of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France.

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      • Fuck you and your muslim apologist friends, modern Islam has morphed into a dangerous religion of hate and intolerance and most of us are sick of it. They can’t take care of their own failed countries so they arrive at Europe and America’s doorstep asking for handouts, bleeding our social programs while contributing nothing to our economies, procreating like rabbits, then have the audacity to demand their caretaker countries to conform to THEIR religious laws – a religion by the way which is so repressive and twisted that it creates generations of brainwashed, warped, sexually repressed young men and and women (I was raped by a group of Muslim men in an EU country as a teenager btw – and was not the first among my friends to have this experience happen). Any religion which is taken that seriously is a danger, whether it be Islam now or the persecution of heretics by Catholics in the past. This isn’t racist, this is simple fact. I wish it weren’t the case – but ISLAM is the intolerant elephant in the room. Enough with the politically correct bull$hit.

        • totally agree, the time for denial is over, action is called for. Islam is a theat, it is the elephant in the room. You cannot negotiate with people who really do want to kill you. Put it simply, fuck islam and fuck muslims. We need to wake up and act now


          • If it was a bank robbery done by someone of a ‘western’ european country, catholic or atheist, would you also want to send anyone that fits in those general categories to their country of origin?

        • You said it right. Perhaps not all muslim are sick like these idiots who are certainly burning in hell now. But that is all we ever see these days. I never saw a Jew blow himself up in a crowd. Never heard of a Christian taking up hostages in the name of God. These “martyrs” think they will have 23 virgens stroking them in heaven, but they soon will see 23 demons poking tridents at their asses in hell.

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      • Race? get your FACTs straight, Islam is a religion not a RACE & not a peaceful one at that.
        Enjoying the comforts Europe and Western world is affording you?

        Brainwashed, religious fanatical puppets without an original thought or action.

      • Fuck you filthy blind pussy. ^^This guy gets it: not all Muslims are terrorists, but nearly all terrorists are Muslims. Where are the Muslim leaders around the world right now? Silent.

      • From what planet are you moron, Zoombieslam race of killers, mentally ill people Who worship an imaginary friend named Prophet, excuse me it’s that his name Poophet who poops on their followers.

    • I am a Muslim you racist piece of shit tell it to those your communist allies who sent you to do their work themselvees and stop insulting a religon for what some people did hitler was chatolic and he exterminated millions of jews no one calls Christians evil because you cant judge an entire group by wat one person did btw I am 10 deal with it turd you are blind

      • I agree. These people were making money on disrespect. No matter how peaceful they were, this is a filthy job and although you can’t really say that the punishment they got was equal to the crime, nevertheless they sort of called it on themselves. Freedom of speech my ass, it’s permissiveness of modern society the goes to extremes in what people say and do and film and so on.

  1. Mec ! Verifie un peu les informations que tu lets sur internet ! La moitié des choses sont fausses ! Les trois fous sont encore vivant. Ils n’avaient de “lanceur de roquette”. Tu devrais arreter le metier de journalisme et retourner faire serveur dans un restaurant !

  2. Look, my father was in the U.S. Military and was Muslim and got killed by the Taliban. Yes, I agree the religion has turned into a disaster. But, I dont like the fact that people LABEL every single MUSLIM as a bad individual… These people are lunatics and they in fact are NOT muslim.. they are animals. SO PLZ dont say ALL MUSLIMS are all terrorists. My Father was a great man and he saved many innocent people in Iraq.. but again he got killed by ¨MUSLIMS¨ while he was trying to serve as a American SOldier.

    • And you honour your Father’s memory with this post? Stain “animals” by calling these fanatical Muslim pos, animals, you need to open your eyes, ears and mind.
      Peaceful or not Islam’s intention is to convert the world to their archaic way of life…. you think it’s okay to stone, decapitate people by the truck full for not observing their
      sick religion, happy to kill people for portraying Allah in comics, marry 8 year old girls… No, not in this world fella.

    • What you describe is simply the typical dishonest behavior of Christians-therefore-Nazis, or Christianazis (not all Germans are nazis, though, and many so-called “atheists” are just crypto-christianazis). You can’t really expect that they will not do what is dishonest. That’s what they call “strategische Lüge”, or “שקר אסטרטגי”. Martin Luther said that it’s ok to “like for the sake of good”, but we know that he, like all nazis (just coincidentally, also German, but again, not all Germans are nazis), thought that “good” included the extermination of Jews and other unworthy groups. In the bible (which inspired “mein kempf”), god for several instances allow lies in order to exterminate the enemy. To them it’s opportunisitc to incite hatred in ignorant subpopulations and then paint the whole larger population with the same brush, so to create the need for a “final solution” regarding the given population. Goebbels’ lessons continue being applied to this day.

      Soon someone will answer: “anti-racism is code-word for anti-white”. They’re just as predictable as radical Muslims.

    • Denounce your piece of shit religion as an archaic beast which has no purpose in a contemporary world or shut up and fuck off back to whichever shithole you came from and be with your “brothers”.

      • So sorry for the primitive sand ni@@ers. Truly a sick group of human beings. So if you are offend by something I hold sacred, then I should kill you??
        All of you radical Fuks go back to your primitive, hot, dessert land and have a great time killing each other for unbelievably stupid reasons. You don’t know
        how to, nor do you want to live a peaceful life. You thrive on anarchy and turmoil. You look for reasons to hurt, torture, and kill people in the name of your god.
        Truly a perfect example of a demonic existence.. A black plague on this Earth.

    • No asshole, France didn’t pay. Educated and artistic, free innocent Men were killed, something you’ll never be or comprehend.
      The slaughter did nothing but show your religions true colours, murderous, ass backwards, child molesting, bunch of duplicitous anarchists.
      ‎Je Suis Charlie‬

  3. Tolerance has a limit. Maybe in these troubled times death sentance have to be restored. That would be a firm deterrent to all this ugly actions that is facing the society. Death sentence to each and every terror group from all different groups, religion or race.

  4. in the name of politically correct you ignore the fact that the extreme islam is the biggest therat on the west-world.
    it’s not all the muslams.
    they are over 1.6 billion.
    but it’s 10-15 percent of the muslams.
    and this is at least 150 million pepole!
    this is 3 time the france population!
    so what can we do?

    im from israel.
    we are living with muslims over 60 years.
    the israeli muslims are just fine.
    we are suspect everyone. no matter if he muslim, jaw or cristin.
    it dont offend anyone but it’s assure us our security.
    israel is now safer then france and the rest of europe.

    i wish you luck and safe.
    israel supports you in your faith against terror.
    it will be hard but im sure that an old nation like france will manged to win this war.

  5. Pizza! How they hate the west so much. What they wear is from this culture, their clothes, phones, computers and guns. They bury their women and stone them
    for having sex yet they can have many wives. They hate Christians yet Jesus Christ was a prophet in the Quran.
    They cut the hands off thieves and crucify non believers and behead and kill journalists aid workers and now cartoonists.
    They can only target those who don’t bare arms.
    We as a world must all rise above and fight these people now! they cannot be reasoned with, they must be erased from history.

    Those men cannot kill us all and most of the world is against them.

  6. Cowards.
    Only brave with their balaclava and gun.
    Weak inside. Why so weak?
    Islam and their gay, pedophile prophet.
    Retarded prophet promising virgins for cruel acts like this? Policeman begging for his life?
    Maybe I am wrong. Maybe there was no prophet Mo.
    Only profit.
    I mean, come-on. Who could believe the fiction in the Koran? So silly.
    Koran was written to control ignorant masses of gullible ragheads and their miserable, abused wifes.
    All for profit.
    So, boycott Islam and its ignorant followers.
    Take away the profit.

  7. Islam as an entire theocratic system and poor, stupid Muslims have become unpalatable by the civilized world. Their is not now, nor has there ever been a more odious culture. These two were useless dropouts who couldn’t compete in modern society or earn truly gainful employment, so they then turned on the very people who helped them. Islam is sick and degenerate and so attracts the likewise sick & degenerate. This is why typically cowardly Muslims always attack unarmed civilians – they are PURE COWARDS to the hilt. All people really know about Islam & Muslims – they are treacherous cowards and sexual perverts & pedophiles. Great culture. Time for another Inquisition. Europeans don’t need these slime-balls whatsoever.

  8. So many hateful comments here! Don’t you know this is exactly the reaction THEY are trying to illicit from ignorant population??. Did you see the video?
    Who filmed the attack? Isn’t it amazing that they filmed before they shooting began as though they were waiting for it to happen.
    They said it happened at noontime, why are the streets empty of people and traffic?
    How do you know that the disguised gunmen aren’t a secret government commando agents? Do you really think these young guys could have executed such an act precisely and methodically, actually getting away??
    THEY want to keep playing us against them (Muslims) to continue perpetual war. It all started on 9-11, and every once in a while THEY pull an attack here and there, just to remind us of the “danger” of terrorism while taking away our privacy and spying on us.
    Isn’t it strange since 9-11, the Muslim population and mosques spreads like herpes across the globe? Why did Europe and USA allow the named enemy into our neighborhoods and schools??
    They want war to eventually come to our doorsteps, how can you have a civil war without an enemy to fight?
    The true enemies are the selected, oops I meant the elected. Don’t trust them. They are playing everybody!

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    • The posts get more and more ridiculous as I scroll down, us muslims can rest assured that Allah is the most just of judges so you can say all you want but remember , all of our actions will have to be accounted for one day, then you will wish you had opened your eyes and stopped being so damn ignorant – because the world isn’t the final destination… if only you knew!

  9. Allot Of Muslim Men Are On The Down Low, They Can’t Have Sex Until They Get Married And Allot Of Them Never Do So They Start Sucking & Sodomizing Each Other, No Wonder They’re So Pissed Off All The Time! lol ;D

  10. Get them out of the country. Europe must a rise.
    Get them out of the country !!!
    Get them out of the country !!!
    Get them out of the country !!!
    Get them out of the country !!!

  11. banned muslim! allah is evil! there is no allah! only God “Yahweh” and Jesus Christ! FUCK YOU all muslim, FUCK YOU Allah! FUCK YOU Muhammad! Muhammad is a false prophet, look what jesus said in revelation, Allah is a Anti-Christ! Allah is Satan!

  12. Going to highschool with lots of muslims us girls would get called kafirs and sluts for wearing the school dress and skirt, they would throw rocks at us as we walked past. I’ve never come across such a disrespectful disgusting group of people in my life, they are also very racist I was made to feel like the minority for not being one of them. why do we have to worry about not hurting their feelings everyone open there eyes PLEASEEEE

  13. are there any one can explain to me how come the rear mirror of car’s attack is white and the car they found later the rear mirror are black ?

  14. Abu Hamza…
    why such a handsome man pursue a career in terrorism?
    I mean he probably never struggled getting invited to 15th birthday parties when he was a teen.
    So many career options for him… I Heard the “scaring Little kids when they don’t want to go to bed” market was booming… many Jobs in that industry…

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  16. fuck ISS and fuck people who support them! GJ on being the nazi’s of the modern time… Well now those brown bastards dont have a reason to call us rascist anymore.. they are the scum that comes to out countrys to kill our people… and for what? For a fucking drawing of a fuking dead guy who probably never even lived.

  17. Muslims dont support people killing innocent people. Please stop hating on islam. In every religion theres good and bad. We respect every kind of religion so YOU need to respect ours. TERRORISM HAS NO RELIGION.