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Charlie Hebdo: Muslim police officer killed in Paris attack commemorated with #JeSuisAhmed

THE INDEPENDENT
THE INDEPENDENT
FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015 9:41 AM GMT

After the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie has been trending on Twitter since the attack on the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, one has been set up to show solidarity with the Muslim policeman who was killed.

Among the 12 that were killed on Wednesday – including cartoonists, journalists, staff and visitors to the controversial publication that published images of Prophet Mohamed – was 42-year-old officer Ahmed Merabet who died after being shot by masked gunmen while he was patrolling the streets outside.

Social media users claimed that rather than or as well as claiming #JeSuisCharlie – meaning “I am Charlie” – they identified with Mr Merabet who is believed to have died while protecting those who exercised freedom of speech.

The Charlie Hebdo office was firebombed in 2011 for depicting Prophet Mohamed on the front cover, which said “100 lashes of the whip if you don't die laughing!” under a banner saying “Charia Hebdo” in reference to Sharia law.

I am not Charlie, I am Ahmed the dead cop. Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so. #JesuisAhmed

; Dyab Abou Jahjah (@Aboujahjah) January 8, 2015 A third suspect - who reportedly turned himself in to the police last night after seeing himself mentioned in the news - was named as 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, however his classmates claim that he was in school at the time of the attack. It is not known if there is more than one young man fitting his description with the same name.

Mr Brinsolaro, who was the police bodyguard of Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier and was sitting in the editorial room when the gunmen shot the cartoonists and journalists dead, is survived by his wife and two children.

Cartoonists Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, 47, Jean “Cabu” Cabut, 76, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac, 57, Georges Wolinski, 80, and Philippe Honore, 73, were killed in the attack as well as magazine columnist and economist Bernard Maris, 68, and proof-reader Mustapha Ourrad.

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Psychoanalyst and columnist Elsa Cayat was the only woman killed in the shoot-out. Arts festival founder Michel Renaud and caretaker Frederic Boisseau were also murdered.



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