Frenchman linked to Paris Islamist shootings arrested in Spain

Antoine Denive suspected of supplying weapons to Ahmed Coulibaly

Frenchman linked to Paris Islamist shootings arrested in Spain

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Spanish police have detained a Frenchman suspected of supplying weapons to Amedy Coulibaly, who attacked a kosher supermarket in Paris last January, following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.

Spain's Interior Ministry said Antoine Denive was arrested on Tuesday in a joint operation with French Police in a town close to Malaga, on Spain's southern coast.

Authorities suspect the 27-year-old supplied the arms used by Islamist militant Coulibaly, who killed four Jews at a kosher supermarket, and a policewoman.

He was shot dead by police. 

Coulibaly attacked the store a few days after two other gunmen shot 12 people at and near the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris.

Denive is suspected of fleeing to France several weeks after the attack and made a base for himself in Malaga, where it is thought he continued his illegal arms dealing using false documents. 

The High Court in Spain said Denive denied selling weapons to Coulibaly, but he is willing to be extradited to France.

The court would send the 27-year-old to be tried in France unless there was another case against him in Spain, Spanish media reported.