(NEWSER) – One of three suspects being hunted in the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris has turned himself in to authorities more than 100 miles away near the border with Belgium, authorities in France say.
A police spokeswoman says Hamyd Mourad, 18, went to a police station, "introduced himself, and was put in custody," reports the New York Times. According to some reports, the suspect turned himself in after seeing his name appear in social media and has told investigators he was in school at the time of the attack that killed 12 people, including four beloved French cartoonists at the satirical newspaper. Some who say they are his classmates have been maintaining the same thing, tweeting under the hashtag #MouradHamydInnocent. In other developments:
- A huge manhunt is under way for brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, who are believed to have links to a Yemeni terrorist network. Seven people connected to the suspects were arrested overnight in the Paris area and in the towns of Reims and Charleville-Mezieres, the BBC reports.
- France's prime minister says the brothers were already known to intelligence services and "our main concern" is preventing them from carrying out another attack.
- There have been unconfirmed reports that the brothers have been spotted on a highway in northern France, with weapons visible in the back of their vehicle, the Guardian reports.
- Tens of thousands of Parisians joined vigils last night, and France has declared today a day of national mourning. A moment of silence was observed at noon.
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