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Slain police officer Ahmed Merabet's brother denounces Charlie Hebdo attackers as 'pretend Muslims'

The family of slain police officer Ahmed Merabet held a press conference on Saturday, in which they expressed appreciation for the outpouring of support from across France, and beyond. Merabet was one of the victims of the Wednesday attack on satirical publication Charlie Hebdo's offices in Paris, BBC News notes.

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Malek Merabet, center, cries during a press conference

Malek Merabet described his deceased brother as "Muslim, and very proud of being a police officer and defending the values of the Republic."

"I want to say to all racist, Islamaphobic, anti-Semitic people, that one must not amalgamate extremists and Muslims," he added. "(Ahmed Merabet) was killed by people who pretend to be Muslims. They are terrorists, that's it."