Charlie Hebdo attacker buried in secret

Said Kouachi buried in Reims, despite apprehensions of local mayor his grave could become a shrine for "extremists".

    Charlie Hebdo attacker buried in secret
    Said Kouachi was buried in Reims as it was his last town of residence [AFP]

    Officials in a city east of Paris have said one of the brothers who carried out the massacre at the office of satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo has been buried in the town of Reims, despite objections from local authorities.

    The mayor told French television that Said Kouachi was buried quietly on Wednesday night after the French government enforced a law that grants people the right to be buried in their last town of residence.

    Kouachi lived in the city before he was killed along with his brother on January 9 following a standoff with police.

    Earlier in the week the mayor of Reims said he would "categorically refuse" a request by Kouachi's family to bury him in the city, out of concern that the grave could become a shrine for "extremists".

    The burial place has not been disclosed.

    Kouachi's younger brother Cherif is to be buried in an anonymous grave in another town outside Paris, AP news agency reported.

    There has been no word of plans for burying Amedy Coulibaly, who killed five people including four hostages at a kosher market in Paris before he was killed by police on the same day as the Kouachi brothers.

    SOURCE: AP


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