Cherif Kouachi, Said Kouachi, Hamyd Mourad Identified As Suspects In Charlie Hebdo Attack

One suspect is in custody after three gunmen opened fire at a French satirical magazine Wednesday, Agence France-Presse reports.

The outlet cited sources confirming 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad surrendered himself to police early Thursday. French authorities have not commented on a report by NBC News claiming one suspect is dead.

Two brothers identified as Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, have been identified as the other two suspects. They are both French nationals.

The three men are wanted in connection to the murder of 12 people when gunmen opened fire at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris office. Eleven others were also wounded in the brazen attack.

Shortly after police released the names of the suspects, apparent photos of the Kouachi brothers surfaced on social media pages.

Witnesses say one of the attackers shouted “Allahu Akbar” – “God is Great” in Arabic – during the deadly onslaught. Two masked men were spotted carrying AK-47 Kalashnikov rifles.

At least one of the suspects, Cherif Kouachi, is known to police with a lengthy criminal record marked with terrorism-related activities.

In 2005, Kouachi was questioned by French authorities after he was approached by recruiter in Paris to become a foreign fighter in a campaign against American forces in Iraq.

The recruiter, Farid Benyettou, was known to deliver Mosque sermons encouraging young men to travel to Iraq. According to The New York Times, Kouachi had told police he met with Benyettou at the Addawa mosque near his home in Paris’ 19th Arrondissement.

Then in 2008, Kouachi was convicted on terrorism charges for his involvement in sending foreign fighters to Iraq. He served 18 months in prison.

Raised in the northwestern city of Rennes, Kouachi reportedly has never left France. The two brothers were orphaned as children by their Algerian immigrant parents, according to The Liberation.

Few details are known about Mourad, though some reports have described him to have recently lived in Charleville-Mézières in northern France.

An investigation remains underway. French anti-terror police launched a series of raids Wednesday night, but no arrests have been made.