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Hostage-taking at Paris kosher supermarket linked to Charlie Hebdo killers

media French police at Porte de Vincennes where a gunmam opened fire at a kosher grocery, 9 january 2015. France 24

A heavily armed man took at least five people in a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday. The attacker is believed to be the suspect identified in Thursday's fatal shooting a policewoman and is reported to be linked with the two brothers wanted for Wednesday's massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Shooting erupted in the kosher grocery store at Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Friday afternoon with reports of six people taken hostage. 

"It is the Montrouge shooter," a police source said, referring to Thursday's killing of a female police officer just outside the capital.

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The shooting took place as the two suspects in Wednesday Charlie Hebdo killings were holed up with a hostage on an industrial estate north-east of Paris.

Police on Friday said that a link had been established between the Montrouge suspect and Chérif and Saïd Kouachi.

They knew each other, according to France 2 TV, while   weekly Le Point said that they belonged to the same jihadist network, which was sending would-be fighters to Iraq, leading to Chérif Kouachi's imprisonment in 2005.

"The suspect has been identified. Two people very close to him have been taken into custody," a police source said. 

On Friday afternoon police issued a wanted notice for a woman and a man - Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, and Amedy Coulibaly, 32 - in connection with the Paris violence. 

Both were likely to be armed and dangerous, they warned.

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