Belgium Arrests Man Suspected Of Selling Weapons To Paris Gunman

January 15, 2015

Belgian police have arrested a man accused of selling weapons to Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by police after he attacked a Paris Kosher shop last week.

Reporter Teri Schultz tells our Newscast unit that the suspect turned himself in out of fear of his clients’ terrorist ties.

Teri filed this report for our Newscast unit:

“Now in custody charged with arms trafficking, the suspect reportedly told Belgian authorities he prefers that to possibly being targeted by terrorist associates of the Paris killers.

“Belgian media say the man told police he cheated in his dealings with Coulibaly, the man who seized the grocery store, and when news broke of Coulibaly’s terrorist connections, he was afraid other Islamists might come after him.

“Media reports say the two men met for the handover at Brussels’ main train station.”

A spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecution told Reuters,”The man is being held by the judge in Charleroi on suspicion of arms dealing. Further investigations will have to show whether there is a link with the events in Paris.”

The news service reports that Coulibaly bought ammunition for the weapon he used to kill four people at the Kosher shop.

In interviews with French television, Coulibaly said he had coordinated his attack with Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, who attacked the Paris office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and were later killed in a shootout with police.

In total, the attacks left 17 people dead in France.

Update at 9:55 a.m. ET. French Police Looking For Another Suspect:

NPR has confirmed French authorities are searching for another potential suspect, who may have driven Coulibaly to the Kosher shop.

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