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Charlie Hebdo Killer's Brother-in-Law Detained in Bulgaria

FILE - A french soldier patrols next to a painting of killed cartoonists, Charb at left, and at right, Honore, Wolinski, Cabu, Charb and Tignous outside satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo former office, one year after the attacks on it, in Paris, France.

The brother-in-law of one of the men who attacked the satirical Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris has been jailed in Bulgaria, and authorities say he is suspected of trying to join extremists in Syria.

Mourad Hamyd was initially suspected of a role in the January 2015 attack on the paper, but his high school classmates launched a successful social media campaign to clear his name, saying he was in class at the time. "I am a student who lives peacefully with his parents,'' he said then.

The Paris prosecutor's office said Monday that someone close to Hamyd flagged his probable trip to Syria, and he was detained near the border in late July.

Hamyd's sister was married to Cherif Kouachi, one of two brothers who carried out the deadly attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices.