Update as of 8:00 a.m. EST: Police have located a vehicle reportedly abandoned by the two suspects near Villers-Cotteret, about 55 miles east of Paris, police sources told Agence France-Presse. Police units are currently "positioned to verify objectives in the area, where the car of the two suspects, identified by a witness, was abandoned," the source reportedly said. French special forces have also been deployed in the area where the suspects were spotted, AFP reported.

Update as of 7:11 a.m. EST: The vehicle used by the two suspects -- a Renault Clio car -- is apparently the same that they hijacked in Paris soon after the attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, BBC reported, adding that police are monitoring all main entryways into the capital, citing BFMTV, a French channel. The suspects also reportedly fired shots while at the gas station but it is not clear if there were any casualties.

Update as of 7:00 a.m. EST: The two suspects are believed to have stolen food and fuel at gunpoint from a gas station in Villers-Cotteret, Picardy, before heading back in the direction of Paris, the Telegraph reported.


Two armed suspects involved in the Charlie Hebdo attack that claimed that the lives of 12 people on Wednesday have been “located” near a town north of Paris, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported, citing sources. French police had earlier named brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad, an 18-year-old who surrendered early on Thursday, as suspects in the attack.

The two suspects were recognized by a gas station manager near Villers-Cotteret in the northern Aisne region, about 55 miles east of Paris, AFP reported, adding that the suspects were armed with Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers. The manager reportedly said that he saw two masked men in a car.

However, French daily Le Parisien reported that the gunmen held up a gas station worker and were seen headed back for Paris, according to The Telegraph.

Earlier, seven "friends and associates" of the suspects were arrested on Thursday while heavily armed French special forces were reportedly searching an apartment in Reims, a town about 90 miles east of Paris, for the suspects involved in the attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper, which is the worst terrorist attack on French soil in years.