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Victims of terror attack in Paris kosher market named

All four Jewish men were killed in the early stages of Friday’s standoff, witnesses say; vigil held Saturday

A woman cries outside a kosher grocery store, where four hostages were killed on Friday, in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (photo credit: AP Photo/David Azia)
A woman cries outside a kosher grocery store, where four hostages were killed on Friday, in Paris, Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015. (photo credit: AP Photo/David Azia)

The four victims of the terrorist attack at a kosher market in Paris on Friday were all Jews, the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities said.

CRIF identified the victims of the attack Friday as Yoav Hattab, 21, Philippe Braham, in his 40s, Yohan Cohen, 22, and Francois-Michel Saada, in his 60s.

“These French citizens were struck down in a cold-blooded manner and mercilessly because they were Jews,” read the CRIF statement sent out on Saturday.

According to testimonies of people who survived the attack on the Hyper Cacher Alimentation Générale, the four people who were killed during the incident were shot in the early stages of the seven-hour standoff, which ended when police stormed the shop and killed the hostage taker — a 32-year-old man identified as Amedy Coulibaly.

Yoav Hattab, 21, was one of four victims of the deadly terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 9, 2015. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Yoav Hattab, 21, was one of four victims of the deadly terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 9, 2015. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Yoav Cohen, 22, was killed along with three other Jewish men during a terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, on January 9, 2015. (Photo credit: Facebook)
Yoav Cohen, 22, was killed along with three other Jewish men during a terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, on January 9, 2015. (Photo credit: Facebook)

French police believe Coulibaly was an Islamist who was a member of the same cell as Cherif and Said Kouachi, who are believed to have gunned down 12 people Wednesday at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo weekly.

They were killed in a separate takeover by French special forces north of Paris. The two brothers were holed up at a printing shop.

In separate interviews given to a French channel during their respective sieges, the Kouachi brothers claim they were sent and financed by al-Qaeda in Yemen while Coulibaly said he was a member of the Islamic State group.

A vigil in memory of the victims of the kosher shop attack is planned to take place Saturday night in front of the Hyper Cacher supermarket.

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