French police charge suspect linked to 2015 kosher supermarket attack
French police have charged a 42-year-old man in connection with the January 2015 terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, a judicial source said on Saturday.
DNA testing found samples from the man, identified as Abdelaziz S., on one of the weapons used by Amedy Coulibaly, who killed four people after taking shoppers hostage at the Hyper Cacher market.
He was detained in a Paris suburb on Wednesday and is being held on charges of criminal association with terrorists.
“During questioning, the suspect failed to provide any satisfactory explanation about why his DNA was found inside the weapon, but he insists he knew nothing of Coulibaly’s plans,” the source said.
Two women, aged 23 and 31, who were also detained by investigators earlier in the week, have been released.
The attack on the Jewish store on January 9th came a day after Coulibaly killed a policewoman, and a few days after the assault by other jihadists on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine offices that killed 12 people.