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Paris Shooting At Charlie Hebdo Magazine Office Leaves At Least 12 Dead

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Four of the most well-known cartoonists in France are said to have been killed in the mass shooting attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in central Paris, according to France's leading news agency AFP.

At least 12 people are dead after shots were fired at the headquarters of the magazine, with multiple attackers escaping. Two police officers are believed to be among the dead, with 10 journalists killed.

One of the dead is said to be editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, was the magazine's top cartoonist and was placed on the "Al Qaeda kill list", published last year in its magazine Inspire. One of the dead policemen is believed to have been Charb's assigned protection officer.

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The four cartoonists, Charb, Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski, killed in the attacks

One witness told Sky News' reporter on the scene that gunmen had been asking for specific journalists by name. The attack is believed to have been timed to correspond with the magazine's morning news conference, when most journalists would have been in the building.


Firefighters carry an injured man on a stretcher in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Three other cartoonists from the magazine are also dead. One of them is Jean Cabut, known as Cabu who drew the cover of the Charlie Hebdo magazine that riffed on the Danish Mohammed cartoons, as well as Verlhac Bernard, better known by the pseudonym Tignous, and Georges Wolinski, whose work had also appeared in Libération and Paris Match.

Another cartoonist, Corinne Rey, aka Coco, said she was forced to let the gunmen in as she arrived at the building with her young daughter.


At least 11 more people are injured, four critically, French prosecutor Francois Molins said

"I don't understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war," Charlie Hebdo's editor-in-chief Gerard Biard has told France Inter.

The below video is a compilation by Le Huffington Post of amateur footage of the attack:

Charlie Hebdo : les images de l'attaque, filmée... by LeHuffPost

Charlie Hebdo Attack Footage Captures Suspects Executing Police Officer As They Flee

Luc Poignant, an official of the SBP police union, said the attackers escaped in vehicles heading for the Parisian suburbs, and the Paris mayor's office said the gunmen are still at large.

Police later confirmed they were searching for three gunmen. An abandoned vehicle was later found by police, with another car hijacked by the gunmen.

There are growing fears that the men who executed the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices are professionally trained killers - with reporters noting their calm demeanor and their use of "double tap" firing that conserves ammunition.

A video circulated online, which Huffington Post has chosen not to publish, saw the men shooting a man "execution-style" as he lay on the ground. The men are heard to shout "Allahu Akbar".

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Despite the officer raising his hand in apparent surrender, he is shot at point blank range

Le Figaro reported that the gunmen used automatic weapons, believed to be AK-47s and were dressed in black, quoting a police source. There were also multiple, but unconfirmed reports of a rocket launcher seen on the scene.

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The offices of the magazine were fire-bombed in 2011 after it published a call-out for the Prophet Mohammed to guest-edit the magazine.

The publication, which lampoons all of the world's religions, was under fire in 2007 for re-printing the Danish cartoons of the prophet Mohammad that sparked worldwide protests.

The last tweet from the magazine's Twitter account was a cartoon of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, wishing him "best wishes, by the way."

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The hostage with the Kouachi brothers who were suspects the Paris magazine massacre was "hiding in a cardboard box" according to a French journalist - and the gunmen reportedly didn't even know he was there.

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The second gunmen from the siege at a Kosher supermarket in Paris may have escaped, according to local sources.

Suspected gunman Amedy Coulibaly is reported to have been killled, but police believe from CCTV that there was a second hostage-taker in the shop who is not yet accounted for.

Hayat Boumeddiene, the woman suspected of attacking and killing a police officer in Paris yesterday with Coulibaly, is not thought to have been to in the grocery.

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At least four people, including the attacker, have died at a kosher grocery store in Paris where a gunman took several hostages, police officials said.

Police officers were thought to be among those hurt, although their conditions were unclear.

The Elysee Palace said President Francois Hollande will address the nation before 7pm.

The BBC reported that a woman who was held hostage while shopping in the store had told a relative by phone that there were more than two people killed there - in fact she had said there were five people dead.

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Hayat Boumedienne, the second suspect in the killing of the French policewoman on Thursday, has not been killed or apprehended, according to police sources and Reuters news agency.

There was no confirmation that she was at the scene at the kosher store where her partner, or ex-partner, Amédy Coulibaly, was killed as he held more than five hostages.

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Smoke rises as a special forces soldiers enter the building on an industrial estate in Dammartin en Goele

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Special Forces soldiers and armed police gather after storming the print works

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Tragic news coming out of eastern Paris, at least four hostages are dead in the grocery store, according to police sources.

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Members of the French police special forces attend to hostages and one of their colleagues lying on the ground after they launched the assault at a kosher grocery




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We still don't have any confirmation of reports that two people died at the scene of the hostage-taking earlier in eastern Paris, at the kosher grocery store. It was widely reported, but police have so far denied reports of any casualties.

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French special forces pull off what would appear to be a miracle, if all confirmed

• Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi have been killed in police operation at print works in Dammartin

• Their one hostage is alive, an official concerns

• Hostages have been seen leaving the kosher supermarket in eastern Paris

• The hostage-taker, Amédy Coulibaly, is dead, according to local reports

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French media reports people leaving the kosher store where hostages had been taken.

There is still a considerable amount of uncertainty as to their identities, and whether any casualties were in the store.

Counter-terrorism police seem to have co-ordinated the two operations to happen simultaneously in both Paris and amongst the emergency services of all types and descriptions as they pour into Dammartin and Dammartin-en-Goele.

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AFP has reported that the brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi have been killed in the police operation, with the hostage freed and safe after assault, quoting sources.

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Explosions have been heard at a supermarket where at least five people, including children, were taken captive following a shoot-out at the Hypercacher kosher store in Porte de Vincennes in the east of Paris.

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Police units and paramedics blaring sirens have headed up the main road towards Dammartin-en-Goele as the gunfire rang out and explosions could be heard.

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Gunshots and several explosions have been heard at Dammartin-en-Goele, outside Paris, where two brothers have taken a hostage in the site of a print works.

Smoke can be seen coming from building where the Charlie Hebdo attack suspects are located, reporters on the scene said.


Explosions and rapid gunfire could be heard as police moved in, and a helicopter was seen taking off from a nearby field.

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Jeannette Bougrab, partner of murdered Charlie Hebdo editor Stéphane Charbonnier, known as Charb, spoke about his death on French television station BFMTV.

Bougrab, the former French Secretary for Youth and Community Life, described how she got the news that he was killed. "I was at a state meeting and I learned there had been a shooting.

"Then I sent him a text, a second text, third text, and then I phoned him and he wasn't answering, and he never did that," she said.

"When I got there, there were the cordons, and we weren't allowed to get in, and I learned there that he was dead."

"He died standing," Bougrab said. "He defended secularism, he defended Voltaire's spirit, he in fact was really the fruit of this ideal of the Republic that we've almost forgotten. He died, executed with his comrades, as he would say."

Bougrab asserted that, if she were the president of the Republic, she would give all of the slain cartoonists the honor of being buried in the Panthéon, a monument in Paris where Voltaire and Jean-Jacques Rousseau are also buried.

"They died defending freedom of expression, secularism," she said of the cartoonists. "They have died so we can stay free in this country, in France in 2015."

BFMTV's Ruth Elkriefit asked if it might be a kind of victory, a sign of hope, that so many people around the world are rallying around the slogan "Je suis Charlie."

"Absolutely not, because he's dead," Bougrab replied. "It's absolutely not a victory. It's a defeat. It's a tragedy for our country and I refuse to rejoice in the idea that people are demonstrating in the streets.

"Because they have torn away the precious being who accompanied me in life."

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• Amédy Coulibaly is a Frenchman of Senegalese descent

• He is from the Juvisy -on-Orge commune in the Essonne district, 18 km south-east of Paris.

• Coulibaly is a member of the Buttes-Chaumont network, which was notorious for radicalising young Frenchmen and recruiting them to fight in Iraq during the 2000s

• He has nine sisters, according to Libération, and has a chequered police record for petty theft and drug offences

• He was imprisoned for an armed bank robbery in Orleans in 2002

L’Obs reported that he had met Chérif Kouachi, one of the brothers, between 2005 and 2006 when they were in Fleury-Mérogis prison

• Coulibaly is said to have converted and been radicalised while in prison

• Coulibaly was arrested again in 2010 for his part in a botched prison break attempt to free Algerian Islamist Smain Ali Belkacem, who choreographed the 1995 Paris terror attack

• He is believed to have been released from prison a little more than a year ago.

• Libération quotes several people who say he was a bright and happy child who began to hng around with gangs aged 17, and the paper draws on a court psychiatric report which found him not to be "pathological" but said he was immature and had psychopathic tendencies, with a very simplistic view of his own motivations, as well as a wish to be "all powerful

• This report from a French newspaper describes Coulibaly's meeting with then-French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2009, when the suspect was 27

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The American broadcaster cites a source saying the French policewoman was not the intended target of yesterday's attack in central Paris.

She was reportedly shot close by to Coulibaly's intended target, which was a Jewish primary school. Police have not confirmed.

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This has been rumoured for some time. One hostage apparently told a relative that the gunman had demanded Charlie Hebdo attackers Said and Cherif Kouachi, holed up in an industrial estate with a hostage in a town around 25 miles north of Paris, be allowed to go free.

Paris police have now confirmed this is the demand of the hostage-taker in the kosher store, who is named as Amedy Coulibaly.

Coulibaly is believed to have close links with the Kouachis, and is the suspect in the shooting of a policewoman in Paris yesterday.

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Translation: A crisis meeting is currently taking place with President Hollande, concerning the hostage-taking in Vincennes

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It is now understood that the Kouachi brothers, who were well-known for holding jihadist views, were on a British watch and no-fly list to prevent them from entering the UK or passing through a British airport.

US intelligence placed the brothers on the list at the same time as Britain. Questions have been asked about how closely the pair were monitored by the French authorities.

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A woman has told how she received a phone call from her mother, who is being held hostage in the shop in Porte de Vincennes.

She told Europe 1: "She called me and told me 'I am in the shop, I love you'.

"I am scared. Someone told me there have been two deaths. No one has told me if it is my mother or not."

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