Bishop’s prayers for relatives of Charlie Hebdo victims

Bishop Philip Egan
Bishop Philip Egan
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The Roman Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth has sent a message of support to the families of the 12 victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Bishop Philip Egan posted a tweet in the wake of the attack on the Paris newspaper’s offices yesterday saying: ‘My prayers are with the victims of the tragic events in Paris and their loved ones who will be receiving terrible news today.’

Police hunting the terrorists behind the massacre at the satirical newspaper have made “several arrests”, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said today.

Photographs of two prime suspects in the Paris attack have been released by police - as a third man handed himself in.

Hamyd Mourad, 18, surrendered to police, after hearing his name on the news in connection with the attack, a judicial official said.

But a massive manhunt for the other two suspects, brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, continues with thousands of police scouring the streets of France for them.

Mr Valls said preventing another attack “is our main concern,” as he explained why authorities released photos of the two men along with a plea for witnesses to come forward.

Twelve people died in the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly newspaper that had been threatened before for its caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed.

The terror attack has been condemned by global leaders and France’s president Francois Hollande has declared a national day of mourning today.

‘I hope this is a catalyst for unity