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Gun attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo kills 12 / Siege is over

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French police have stormed two hostage sites in Paris and north of the city, with the hostage takers reported dead.

Explosions were heard at a warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, where two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo magazine shootings had been holding one hostage.

Explosions and gunfire could also be heard at a supermarket in eastern Paris, at Porte de Vincennes, where several hostages were held.

Reports suggest a gunman there was linked to the Charlie Hebdo suspects.

After the operation started, several hostages could be seen leaving the supermarket.

Police told French media that four hostages in the supermarket had been killed prior to security forces storming the site.

The hostage at the warehouse in Dammartin has been freed, while a police officer at the scene was injured, AFP news agency said.

Twelve people were shot dead and 11 were injured in Wednesday's attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine.

The unprecedented attack shocked France and there has been an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity worldwide.

The two suspects of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, had been on the run for two days, before being surrounded at the Dammartin warehouse on Friday.

French police said they came out firing, at which point police stormed the warehouse.

 

 

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A gunman has seized hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris as police in northern France have cornered the two Charlie Hebdo massacre suspects.

A police officer told the BBC that two people were confirmed dead after a gunman believed to be the killer of a policewoman in Montrouge entered the supermarket near Porte de Vincennes.

Armed police have flooded the area.

In Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km (22 miles) north-east of Paris, the Charlie Hebdo suspects are also holding a hostage.

The Islamist militants are inside a small printing business and have reportedly said they are prepared to die.

Twelve people were shot dead and 11 were injured in the attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine which freely mocks religion.

The unprecedented attack shocked France and there has been an outpouring of sympathy and solidarity worldwide.

Reports suggest the hostage-taker in eastern Paris - said to have taken up to five people prisoner - is connected to the Charlie Hebdo attackers.

Shots were fired during a high-speed car chase earlier on Friday.

It appears that on Friday the suspects hijacked another car in the town of Montagny-Sainte-Felicite before travelling on to Dammartin.

The car's owner is said to have recognised them as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, the key suspects.

In a televised statement, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed the men being sought on Friday were those wanted for the Charlie Hebdo attack and said they would be "neutralised".
 
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The suspects have been surrounded in a small printing business named CTD, a source close to the investigation told AFP.

Officials from the town council say pupils from three schools are being evacuated to a nearby gymnasium, where they will be reunited with their parents.

An interior ministry official said there had been no deaths or injuries on Friday, despite earlier media reports.


"We heard shots and we returned very fast because everyone was afraid," she told French broadcaster iTele. "We had orders to turn off the lights and not approach the windows."

People in the area say police helicopters began arriving around 08:45 (07:45 GMT) followed by convoys of armed officers. Sharpshooters could be seen taking up position on rooftops.

The security situation has affected flights at the main airport in Paris, which is in the vicinity. Officials at Paris Charles de Gaulle say they have changed landing and take-off patterns for aircraft in the light of the security situation.

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It is believed the Charlie Hebdo gunmen were angered by the satirical magazine's irreverent depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

During the attack on Charlie Hebdo, the attackers are said to have shouted "We are al-Qaeda, Yemen", an apparent reference to the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula group (AQAP).

In the US, a senior official has told reporters that one of the two brothers alleged to have carried out the attack, Said Kouachi, spent "a few months" training in Yemen with the group.

Said and his younger brother, convicted terrorist Cherif Kouachi, were on a US no-fly list before the attack, a US counter-terrorism official told the New York Times.

France's main Muslim federations have called on imams at 2,300 French mosques to "condemn the violence and the terrorism with maximum firmness".

Photos of the suspects released by French police - Cherif and Said Kouachi - 8 January

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French President Francois Hollande has appealed to citizens for tolerance, saying France had been "struck directly in the heart of its capital, in a place where the spirit of liberty and thus of resistance breathed freely".

The lawyer for Charlie Hebdo, Richard Malka, has said that next week's edition of the magazine will go ahead on Wednesday and will have a print run of one million instead of the normal 60,000 copies.

One of the magazine's surviving cartoonists, Luz, attended an editorial meeting on Friday with staff from liberal French daily Liberation. He was not at the magazine's offices on Wednesday at the time of the attack.



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Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and injuring seven in an apparent Islamist attack.

Three masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car.

The gunmen shouted "we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad", witnesses say.

President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack "of exceptional barbarity".

A major police operation is under way in the Paris area to catch the killers. The number of gunmen was initially reported to be two, but French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve later said they were hunting three "criminals".

Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier were reported among those killed, as well as two police officers.

Mr Charbonnier, 47, had received death threats in the past and was living under police protection.

French media have named the three other cartoonists killed in the attack as Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski. Reports say the attack took place during the magazine's daily editorial meeting.

Several of the wounded remain in a critical condition.

Its latest tweet was a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

An eyewitness, Benoit Bringer, told French TV channel Itele: "Two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs. A few minutes later we heard lots of shots."

The men were then seen fleeing the building.

"It's carnage," French police official Luc Poignant told another French channel, BFMTV

12 people killed and at least four seriously injured. Two of those killed are police officers, France's AFP news agency reports.

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President Hollande's statement

Francois Hollande has been speaking to the media. He said that 11 people had been killed and four people seriously injured but 40 people had been rescued.

Hollande said that the security level had been increased in Paris and a number of terrorist plots had been foiled in recent weeks.
An emergency meeting will be held at the Elysees Palace in the next hour.

Hollande said France had experienced “an exceptional act of barbarism committed against a newspaperâ€.

France was facing a “shockâ€, he added. “We need to show we are a united country,†he said.

France had to be “firm and strong†adding: “We will fight these threats and we will punish the attackers.â€

France had been targeted because it was a country of freedom but no one would be allowed to go against “the spirit of the republic†in this way.

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Rocco Contento, a spokesman for the Unite police union, said “it was a real butchery†in the building. He said the Charlie Hebdo offices were guarded because of threats against the magazine, but the attackers had entered the building intending to kill.

He said the attackers had stolen a car after fleeing the building and were headed to the Port de Pantin with police in pursuit.

Witnesses working in the building opposite heard shots as the attack began and saw a police officer “between life and death†lying on the road outside.

Streets were closed off around the building in the aftermath of the shooting and a few hundred metres away on the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir a police car was riddled with bullet holes to its windscreen.

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RAMROD

OMG so horrific :eww:

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garnite

let's see how long it takes for people to blame the cartoonists for satirising them. we've had this before.

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AmenTheNight

As a French citizen, I'm deeply shocked.

 

French society is going insane, the split between muslims and French culture is getting more and more violent everyday. I'm not judging, it's just a fact : more and more intellectuals and writters write about how the gap between these cultures gets wider, while radical muslims are being more and more violent.

 

That's not an easy time for muslims here, the French muslims who are integrated in our society. They are the first victims of all this pressure.

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Melech

As a French citizen, I'm deeply shocked.

French society is going insane, the split between muslims and French culture is getting more and more violent everyday. I'm not judging, it's just a fact : more and more intellectuals and writters write about how the gap between these cultures gets wider, while radical muslims are being more and more violent.

That's not an easy time for muslims here, the French muslims who are integrated in our society. They are the first victims of all this pressure.

Rather European and Muslim culture. Same split is in Germany, Sweden etc.

Horrible.

let's see how long it takes for people to blame the cartoonists for satirising them. we've had this before.

Ofc. Those horrible people making fun of Muhammad.

It's their own fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Inb4 people say that

:smh:

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Melech

i dunno if you know this story but this case is famous for that http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed-Karikaturen people talking about how awful it is to draw cartoons but not murdering people.

Yes. It was huge here too.

And tbh the people who complain about those drawings are stupid, they should learn what caricatures are in the first place.

Stupid. Those things don't justify murdering.

At least 11 are dead now

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bionic

inb4 "how are those gun controls working out?"

Such a tragedy. :(

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Baptiste

It's a terror attack and authorities are afraid the two terrorists will kill again in Paris area...  :udidnt:

 

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Dolev

Someone should tell these people that no one can restrict our freedom!
 

A**holes.  :grr:

 

R.I.P to the victims.

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