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Paris gun suspect charged

The suspect in a shooting at a leading French newspaper office has been charged, according to AP. The prosecutor said Abdelhakim Dekhar was charged late on Friday with several attempted murders and a kidnapping lasting fewer than seven days.

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What we know about the Paris shooting suspect

Abdelhakim Dekhar, 48, remains in custody in Paris hospital after police detained him on Wednesday night.

Here is what we know about him:

  • Of Algerian origin
  • Enlisted in the Algerian army at the age of 17, Le Figaro reports
  • Affiliated with anarchist far-left in the 90s, known as “Toumi’ among his peers
  • Sentenced in 1998 for his links to a murder spree in France
  • Lived abroad, including in London, after his release in 1999
  • Detained on Wednesday, heavily medicated
  • Believed to have attempted to take his own life
  • Left notes criticising capitalism and the violence in Libya and Syria

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