How the Paris terrorists slipped off intelligence radar

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The two brothers who last week carried out the shooting attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine were the object of separate surveillance operations by French intelligence services between 2011 and 2014, which was halted last summer after it apparently failed to uncover evidence that they were involved in terrorist activity, Mediapart can reveal. Meanwhile, the third terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, who killed five people during the Paris terror attacks last week, fell completely off the radar of anti-terrorist services after his release in March last year from prison where he had been serving time for his involvement in a plot to free a convicted terrorist from jail. Fabrice Arfi reports.

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Extensive surveillance by the French security services of Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, the two brothers who carried out the shooting massacre at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine last Wednesday, was halted last summer because no clear evidence was found of their involvement with a terrorist group or plot, Mediapart has learnt.