French upset over Charlie Hebdo gunman buried in unmarked grave

French upset over Charlie Hebdo gunman buried in unmarked grave

Saïd Kouachi, one of the gunmen who killed 12 people at the satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, was buried Friday evening in Reims, a city in northeastern France, where he had settled several years ago, the city’s mayor, Arnaud Robinet, said on Saturday.

Mr. Kouachi and his younger brother Chérif were killed in a police assault on Jan. 9 in the northern city of Dammartin-en-Goële, two days after the attack on the newspaper.

State officials arranged the burial of Mr. Kouachi’s body in an unmarked grave in an area designated for Muslims in one of the city’s cemeteries, Mr. Robinet said, adding that he was informed of Mr. Kouachi’s funeral by a letter from the local prefect. The site of the burial was kept secret for security reasons.

“I am angry,” Mr. Robinet said. “But the state ordered me to accept, and I did.”

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