Man linked to Paris attacks hands himself in to police

Police are hunting for three French nationals, including brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi.

Suspects in the attack in Paris named as Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi. Picture: CNN.

PARIS - An 18-year-old man sought by police over Wednesday's shooting attack at satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo handed himself voluntarily to police in northeastern France, an official at the Paris prosecutor's office said.

Police are hunting three French nationals, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, born in 1982; and Hamyd Mourad, after suspected Islamist gunmen killed 12 people and injured 10 others at the magazine's Paris offices.

Witnesses watched the drama unfold from a nearby building in the heart of the French capital.

Among those killed were two police officers. Five people are said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Eyewitnesses say two men, wearing black hoods, entered the building armed with Kalashnikovs. Just minutes later, shots rang out, witnesses said.

An official, who declined to identify the 18-year-old man, said he had turned himself in at a police station in Charleville-Mézières, in northeastern France at around 2300 GMT.

BFM TV, citing unidentified sources, said the man had decided to go to the police after seeing his name in social media. It said other arrests had taken place in circles linked to the two brothers.

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Video footage shows two armed men shooting a man believed to be a law enforcement officer in Paris.