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Charlie Hebdo: Bulgaria extradites terror suspect

French police stand close to a sign that reads 'Je Suis Charlie' (I am Charlie), referring to Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine whose Paris offices were attacked by brothers, French nationals Cherif and Said Kouachi last week, on January 11, 2015 Image copyright AFP
Image caption Islamist gunmen killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris

A Frenchman said to be connected to the gunmen behind a deadly terrorist attack in Paris has been extradited from Bulgaria to France.

Fritz-Joly Joachin was detained while trying to cross into Turkey, a French judicial official said.

Mr Joachin has admitted to being an associate of the attackers of Charlie Hebdo magazine but denies being aware of their plans.

Seventeen people were killed in a series of attacks in Paris in January.

Mr Joachin is accused of participating in a terrorist group and of having links to a network of people sending fighters to Syria

Mr Joachin, 29, arrived in France on Thursday and was due to be questioned later in the day, unnamed judicial sources told Agence France Presse news agency.

French police say he is associated with Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi.

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Image caption Said Kouachi (left) and Cherif Kouachi killed 12 people in their attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices

The two brothers stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on 7 January and opened fire using automatic weapons, killing 12 people.

Two days later, a third gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, killed four Jewish people at a kosher supermarket. A policewoman was also shot dead.

The Islamist gunmen had links to groups based in the Middle East, and said they were "avenging" cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Mr Joachin was thought to have been on his way to Syria with his three-year-old son when he was detained, according Bulgaria's Sophia news agency.

French authorities have arrested four other people for alleged links to the attackers.