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Paris attacks: Spain seizes Coulibaly 'gun supplier'

A photo issued by the police of Antoine Denevi, accused of supplying arms to an Islamist gunman Image copyright Spanish police
Image caption Antoine Denevi, 27, is a French national

Spanish police have arrested a man suspected of supplying arms to Paris gunman Amedy Coulibaly, who murdered four people at a kosher supermarket in January 2015.

Antoine Denevi, 27, was detained in a joint Franco-Spanish raid on a house in Malaga, Madrid authorities say.

The Frenchman is suspected of fleeing France weeks after the 9 January supermarket siege.

In all, 17 people were killed in three days of Islamist violence in Paris.

  • Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi murdered 12 people in an attack of the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo
  • Amedy Coulibaly shot dead a policewoman in Montrouge
  • Coulibaly then held up a supermarket, murdering four Jewish customers and employees, before being shot by police

Spain's interior ministry said two other suspects from Serbia and Montenegro were detained during the raid on a building in the Rincon de la Victoria area of Malaga on Tuesday.

Image copyright AP
Image caption Coulibaly shot a policewoman before holding up the supermarket
Image copyright AFP
Image caption The siege left four people dead

The French suspect, from the Pas de Calais region of north-west France, was said to have had ties to Serbs who may have provided him with arms and ammunition.

Mr Denevi left France after the attacks before settling in Malaga, police said.

He appeared before a judge in Madrid on Wednesday and denied the charges. Unconfirmed reports said he had agreed to be extradited to France.

Coulibaly and his girlfriend Hayat Boumeddiene visited Spain days before the attacks in Paris, according to the interior ministry.

Meanwhile Paris venue the Bataclan has announced its first shows since 90 music fans were shot dead there by Islamist gunmen last November.

A Facebook post (in French) said renovation work had begun and that the concerts were scheduled to take place days after the first anniversary of the attacks. A specific reopening date was not given.

Three days of terror - Paris, January 2015

Paris attack victims

Three days of terror in Paris

Charlie Hebdo offices: 7 Jan 2015

  • Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist Stephane "Charb" Charbonnier, 47, who had been living under police protection since receiving death threats
  • Cartoonists Jean "Cabu" Cabut, 76; Bernard "Tignous" Verlhac, 57; Georges Wolinski, 80; and Philippe Honore, 73
  • Elsa Cayat, 54, psychoanalyst and columnist, the only woman killed
  • Economist and regular magazine columnist Bernard Maris, 68, known to readers as Uncle Bernard
  • Michel Renaud, visiting from the city of Clermont-Ferrand
  • Mustapha Ourrad, proof-reader
  • Police officer Ahmed Merabet, 42, who was shot dead in a nearby street after the attack
  • Frederic Boisseau, 42, caretaker, in the reception area at the time of the attack
  • Franck Brinsolaro, 49, a police officer who acted as Charb's bodyguard

Montrouge shooting: 8 Jan 2015

  • Clarissa Jean-Philippe, 27, policewoman killed in the suburb of Montrouge

HyperCacher supermarket: 9 Jan 2015

  • Yohan Cohen, 20, worked at kosher supermarket
  • Philippe Braham, 45, business manager for an IT company
  • Yoav Hattab, 21, student
  • Francois-Michel Saada, 64, former pension fund manager