Kosher supermarket gunman may have purchased arms in Belgium

Marcy Oster

(JTA) — The Islamic extremist who killed four at a Paris kosher supermarket is believed to have bought his weapons in Belgium.

An arms dealer reportedly turned himself in to Belgian police on Tuesday, saying he negotiated with Amedy Coulibaly over an arms sale and scammed him on the sale of a used car, according to the French news agency AFP.

He reportedly confessed to selling the weapons to Coulibaly, who killed four Jewish men in the Jan. 9 attack on the Hyper Cacher market.

“The man is being held by the judge in Charleroi on suspicion of arms dealing,” a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecution said according to reports. “Further investigations will have to show whether there is a link with the events in Paris.”

Coulibaly also purchased a Kalashnikov rifle and rocket launchers for brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi for use in the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 in Paris, AFP reported.