Paris Gunman Linked to ISIS, 3rd Shooting

Amedy Coulibaly says 'what we are doing is completely legitimate'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2015 5:31 AM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2015 7:16 AM CST
In Video, Paris Gunman Pledges Allegiance to ISIS
This photo provided by the Paris Police Prefecture Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 shows Amedy Coulibaly, a suspect in the kosher market attack.    (Prefecture de Police)

(Newser) – A posthumous video emerged today of the gunman who killed a French policewoman and four hostages at a kosher grocery pledging allegiance to Islamic State and defending the attacks on the satirical newspaper and the Jewish store. The SITE Intelligence Group said it had verified the video, which shows Amedy Coulibaly with a gun, exercising and giving speeches in front of an Islamic State emblem. He defends the attacks carried out on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, police, and the Jewish store. "What we are doing is completely legitimate, given what they are doing," Amedy Coulibaly told the camera in fluent French. "You cannot attack and not expect retribution so you are playing the victim as if you don't understand what's happening." At the end of the video Coulibaly calls for others to carry out similar attacks.

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Simultaneously, prosecutors have tied Coulibaly to a third shooting on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, that of a female jogger who was seriously wounded. Ballistics tests confirmed the link between the semiautomatic weapon Coulibaly used in the kosher grocery and the shooting of the woman in a Paris suburb. Five people detained in connection with the three days of bloodshed in France were released from custody, the Paris prosecutor's spokeswoman said earlier today. Family members of the attackers have been given preliminary charges, but she said five people were freed from custody late yesterday and no one remained in detention. Coulibaly's widow, who has been named as an accomplice, is believed to have traveled to a Turkish city near the Syrian border and then all traces of her were lost. (Read more Charlie Hebdo stories.)

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