Cops and Special Forces are closing in.
Two armed suspects wanted over the Charlie Hebdo massacre have been surrounded by terror police in northern France, according to reports.
The men, believed to be brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, have reportedly barricaded themselves in a house in Crépy-en-Valois, around 80km north-east of Paris.
Officers are said to have found a Molotov cocktail and jihadist flag in their car after it was abandoned in the town, according to Le Figaro.
Police helicopters are hovering overhead and special forces have been deployed to the area after the pair allegedly robbed a nearby petrol station close to Villers-Cotterêt.
The station attendant claimed the suspects drove off in a white Renault Clio with covered number plates in the direction of Paris with ‘exposed Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers’ inside the vehicle.
The dramatic development came as the manhunt continued for the ‘armed and dangerous’ brothers who have links to terror groups stretching back almost a decade.
Their alleged getaway driver Hamyd Mourad, 18, has already turned himself into police in Charleville-Mezieres in northern France.
All three French-Algerian Muslims escaped yesterday following the bloodbath at the offices of the notoriously anti-Islamist satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.
In 2008, Cherif was sentenced to three years in prison for terror offences – but served just 18 months.
Questions will be asked why – once again – young Frenchmen with close links to radical Islam and its terrorist affiliates were apparently given free rein to carry out their crimes.
The fact that two were still at large almost 24 hours after a gun battle in which two policemen died alongside ten others, mainly newspaper staff, was also a cause for huge concern.
Meanwhile, a minute’s silence was held across France in memory of the victims of yesterday’s atrocity as the newspaper defiantly vowed to publish next week’s edition.
In a separate development, a policewoman was shot dead and a hero street cleaner blasted in the face as he tried to grapple with the gunman in a second horrific attack.
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