Suspected arms supplier for January 2015 Paris attacks held in Spain

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A French fugitive suspected of supplying kosher store attacker Amedy Coulibaly with weapons he used to kill five people with was arrested in Malaga.

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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, reports BBC News.

Antoine Denive, 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 January 9th supermarket siege.

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

  • Brothers Chérif and Saïd 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.

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 Denive 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.

Evidence of a Spanish link to the suspects has previously emerged.

In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris sources said Coulibaly and his girlfriend Hayat Boumeddiene had travelled to Madrid on December 31st 2014, where they spent a few hours.

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