A disgusting barbaric and gutless attack on the whole of society. I hope they round up these savages quickly and bring them to justice. Freedom of speech is the very fibre of a free society. WE must never ever fold to the threat of terrorism!If anyone in Australia has a thread of sympathy for the cause of these terrorists. get the hell out of our country now. Watch as they assassinate this policeman point blank.
updated 10th Jan 2015
Charlie Hebdo suspects among three gunmen killed as French police end hostage stand-offs in Paris and Dammartin-en-Goele
French police have killed three gunmen, including two brothers suspected of shooting dead 12 people in an attack at the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
Cherif and Said Kouachi were at the centre of a stand-off at a printing business in an industrial area in Dammartin-en-Goele, around 40 kilometres from an area which was subject to intense police searches on Thursday.
Police stormed the building several hours after a car chase that saw shots fired. A hostage was freed unhurt. It has been reported the gunmen came out firing when police moved in.
In a simultaneous assault, dozens of heavily armed officers stormed a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris where a gunman with links to the same Islamist group as the Kouachi brothers had taken several people hostage.
Explosions were heard shortly before television pictures showed a number of people being freed.
The gunman was shot dead and four hostages were killed. Two officers were injured as police forced their way into the store.
After police brought the sieges to an end, French president Francois Hollande called for unity and vigilance from his countrymen.
“With the prime minister I have further strengthened the means to protect public places. But we must be vigilant. I also call upon unity because as I have expressed before… it is our best weapon,” he said.
“Today in a kosher supermarket it was a terrible act that was committed. The people who committed the acts, these fanatics, have got nothing to do with the Muslim religion.”
Mr Hollande has invited a number of world leaders to a “great gathering” on Sunday, when he has called for “all French men and women to rise”.
Police said the gunman in the grocery store was believed to be connected to the killing of a policewoman at a metro station on Thursday and released mugshots of Amedy Coulibaly, 32, and Hayat Boumeddiene, 26.
Coulibaly knew at least one of the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a source told French news agency Agency France-Press.
It is understood police are still searching for Boumeddiene.
The exact number of hostages in the grocery store siege was unclear, but local media reported at least five were held.
A security source said Coulibaly shot two people as soon as he entered the store, and had “one or more bags” of explosives with him but did not detonate them.
He had tried to booby-trap the entrance to the shop “but had not hooked up the explosives”, the source added.
Police cordoned off the area in Port de Vincennes and interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve rushed to the scene.
Reports have surfaced that Coulibaly and Cherif Kouachi were known to each other and were seen together in 2010 while visiting another jihadist, Djamel Beghal, the mastermind of a failed prison break-out plot.
Coulibaly was convicted for his role in the planned break-out and was well-known to anti-terrorist police.
Plan to ‘neutralise’ Charlie Hebdo gunmen
On Wednesday the two Kouchai brothers had stormed the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo armed with Kalashnikov rifles.
They shot dead eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance man and a visitor to the offices in the worst militant attack on French soil in decades.
The French government then launched a massive manhunt for the suspects, deploying 88,000 soldiers and police.
Mr Cazeneuve confirmed police had cornered the Kouachi brothers in Dammartin-en-Goele.
“An operation is underway which is set to neutralise the perpetrators of the cowardly attack carried out two days ago,” he said in a televised statement.
Helicopters were seen flying over an industrial zone outside the town where around 200 children from a pre-school, primary school and high school were evacuated to the town gymnasium.
Earlier, police had chased a vehicle at high speed along the A2 motorway towards Paris as authorities appeared to be closing in on the two brothers. Parts of the chase were broadcast live on TV as media vehicles followed closely behind police.
Gunshots rang out and police trucks, ambulances and armoured vehicles descended on the area close to Charles de Gaulle airport.
The Paris prosecutor denied French media reports that at least one person had been killed when the shots were fired during the car chase.
The previous night officers had focused their search on the woodland village of Corcy, not far from a service station where police sources said the brothers had been seen in ski masks.
Said and Cherif Kouachi were French-born sons of Algerian-born parents, both in their early 30s, and both were already under police surveillance.
One was jailed for 18 months for trying to travel to Iraq a decade ago to fight as part of an Islamist cell.
Police had described them as being “armed and dangerous”.
US and European sources close to the investigation said on Thursday that Said Kouachi was in Yemen in 2011 for several months training with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), one of the group’s most active affiliates.
A Yemeni official familiar with the matter said the Yemen government was aware of the possibility of a connection between Said Kouachi and AQAP and was looking into any possible links.
US government sources said Said Kouachi and his brother were listed in two US security databases, a highly classified database containing information on 1.2 million possible counter-terrorism suspects, called TIDE, and the much smaller no-fly list maintained by the Terrorist Screening Centre, an interagency unit.
US television network ABC reported that the brothers had been listed in the databases for years.
Dave Joly, a spokesman for the Terrorist Screening Centre, said he could neither confirm nor deny if the Kouachis were listed in counter-terrorism databases.
Keep watching after he drops, they run up to him and bang from less than a metre.
At least 12 people have been killed by gunmen reportedly armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher who opened fire in the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
French officials said 11 other people were injured, at least four seriously, in the shooting at the central Paris offices about 11.30am (local time) on Wednesday.
Two police officers and ten journalists are thought to have been killed.
It is understood the gunmen initially burst into number 6 rue Nicolas-Appert in a Paris neighbourhood, where the archives of the Charlie Hebdo are based, shouting “is this Charlie Hebdo?” before realising they had got the wrong address.
The men then moved quickly down the road to number 10 around noon (local time) and fired at reception staff before moving to the second floor where journalists and cartoonists were holding an editorial conference.
“The two men opened fire and coldly killed the people in the conference room, as well as the police officer in charge of protecting [cartoonist] Charb, who did not have time to react,” a police source said.
Only one person survived, by hiding under the table, according to police.
The deputy mayor of Paris, Patrick Klugman, said the killers knew exactly who they were looking for.
“Two shooters enter into the press room and pick the journalists, asked for their names, and shot bullets in their head,” he said.
A manhunt is underway for a total of three masked men who escaped the scene. Their hijacked getaway car was later found abandoned on the outskirts of the city.
A raid by France’s elite anti-terrorist unit was under way late on Wednesday in the north-eastern city of Reims.
A member of the anti-terror unit at the scene of the raid said either the suspects would be able to escape, or “there will be a showdown”.
According to a police source two of the gunmen are brothers from the Paris region. The third man is believed to be from Reims.
A police document identified the men as Said Kouachi, born in 1980, Cherif Kouachi, born in 1982, and Hamyd Mourad, born in 1996.
In a video filmed by journalist Martin Boudot, who was taking refuge on a nearby rooftop, the men can be heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest) between rounds of gunfire.
Police said another witness heard the attackers shouting “we have avenged the prophet”.
Another short amateur video broadcast by French television stations showed two hooded men outside the building. One of them sees a wounded policeman lying on the ground and strides over to him to shoot him at point-blank range.
In another clip on Television station iTELE, the attackers are heard shouting “We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed.”
The pair can then be seen calmly walking over to a black car before driving off.
The gunmen fled towards the eastern Paris suburbs after hijacking a car, police officials said.
It is the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades.
Charlie Hebdo has been at the centre of repeated controversy around its publication of cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed and its offices were firebombed in 2011.
Dozens of police and emergency services were at the site as police secured a wide perimeter around the shooting scene, where a car could be seen riddled with bullet holes.
Police union official Rocco Contento described the scene inside the offices as “carnage”.
French president Francois Hollande rushed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France’s security warning to the highest level.
“This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about it,” Mr Hollande said.
“An act of indescribable barbarity has just been committed today in Paris. Measures have been taken to find those responsible, they will be hunted for as long as it takes to catch them and bring them to justice.
“They will be pursued for as long as is necessary in order that they be arrested and put in front of a court and a judge so they can be prosecuted.”
A source close to the investigation said two men “armed with a Kalashnikov and a rocket-launcher” stormed the building and “fire was exchanged with security forces”.
The source said the gunmen hijacked a car and knocked over a pedestrian as they sped away.
A man who lived close to the newspaper’s offices described what he saw from the window.
“I was at home, I heard gunshots. At first I thought it was the Chinese New Year but it wasn’t the date. I looked through the window and I saw police officers playing hide and seek with the criminals and I understood it was a shooting,” he said.
“I saw people hiding in the subway station and I gathered something serious was going on.”
Sources at the newspaper said the deceased included co-founder and cartoonist Jean Cabut, editor-in-chief Stephane ‘Charb’ Charbonnier, deputy chief editor Bernard Maris, and cartoonists Georges Wolinski and Tignous.
“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs,” one witness told French iTELE TV News.
“A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,” he said, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building.
Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) is renowned for courting controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders and has published numerous cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammed.
The last tweet on its account mocked Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant Islamic State, which has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.
The publication gained notoriety in February 2006 when it reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, causing fury across the Muslim world.
Its offices were fire-bombed in November 2011 when it published a cartoon of Mohammed under the title “Charia Hebdo”.
Despite being taken to court under anti-racism laws, the magazine continued to publish controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet.
In September 2012 Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of a naked Mohammed as violent protests were taking place in several countries over a low-budget film, titled “Innocence of Muslims”, which was made in the United States and insulted the prophet.
French schools, consulates and cultural centres in 20 Muslim countries were briefly closed along with embassies for fear of retaliatory attacks.
Mr Charbonnier had received death threats and lived under police protection.
‘Possibility of other attacks’
“There is possibility of other attacks and other sites are being secured,” Mr Contento said.
Sirens could be heard across Paris as prime minister Manuel Valls said security was being ramped up at transport hubs, religious sites, media offices and department stores.
Danish media group JP/Politikens Hus, whose newspaper Jyllands-Posten has also published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, has increased its security level.
Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons in 2005, sparking a wave of protests across the Muslim world in which at least 50 died.
“If the perpetrators are still at large, we’re going to track them down, and we’re going to work with the French to do that,” a White House spokesman told MSNBC television.
World leaders were united in condemning the attack on Charlie Hebdo.
British prime minister David Cameron described the attack as “sickening” and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the shooting was not only an attack on French citizens, but on freedoms of press and speech.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said consular officials were in contact with French authorities to confirm no Australians were affected by the attack.
A Department spokesperson said Australians in Paris should remain vigilant and should follow the instructions of the French authorities.
Australians travelling to France are encouraged to monitor the travel advice on the Smart Traveller website.
Local Muslims denounce attackers as ‘barbarians’
France last year reinforced its anti-terrorism laws and was already on alert after calls from Islamist militants to attack its citizens and interests in reprisal for French military strikes on Islamist strongholds in the Middle East and Africa.
The attack, as yet unclaimed, comes amid what a number of commentators have identified as rising xenophobia in Europe, with thousands of protesters in several German cities rallying earlier this week against Muslim immigration.
France’s five-million-strong Muslim population is Europe’s largest.
“I am extremely angry. These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their soul to hell. This is not freedom. This is not Islam and I hope the French will come out united at the end of this,” said Hassen Chalghoumi, imam of the Drancy mosque in the northern Paris suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis.
Late last year, a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” injured 13 people by ramming a vehicle into a crowd in the eastern city of Dijon.
French officials say several attacks were prevented in recent weeks.
The last major attack in Paris was in the mid-1990s when the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA) carried out a spate of attacks, including the bombing of a commuter train in 1995 which killed eight people and injured 150.
However, the Islamic State insurgent group praised Wednesday’s attack saying the raid was revenge for insults against Islam.
“The lions of Islam have avenged our Prophet,” Abu Mussab, a Syrian who fights with the Islamic State, said via an internet connection from Syria.
“These are our lions. It’s the first drops – more will follow,” he said. He added that he and his fellow fighters were happy about the incident.
Charlie Hebdo attack: Multiple fatalities in French newspaper shooting
January 08, 2015
- Police say 12 dead, 11 injured in attack at Paris newspaper office
- Reports one gunman killed, two arrested after search corners suspects
- French President Hollande labels act terrorist attack
- Charlie Hebdo was firebombed in 2011 over cartoon of Prophet Mohammed
THE youngest of three terrorists believed to be responsible for killing at least 12 people in the attack on a French satirical magazine has handed himself in, French police sources have said.
France’s elite anti-terrorism unit is believed to have cornered the terrorists at a property in the north-eastern city of Reims.
Earlier, a member of the unit hinted at a possible bloody outcome saying: “There will be a showdown”, as heavily armed officers surrounded the property following a massive manhunt after the offenders fled Charlie Hebdo newspaper’s Paris headquarters after gunning down 12 people.
Police have identified three men, two Parisian brothers, 32 and 34, and another 18-year-old man they believe are responsible for the worst post-war terror attack in France.
Police have named Said Kouachi, Cherif Kouachi, Hamyd Mourad now believed to have fled to the north-eastern city of Reims.
It is understood French police discovered who the attackers were after finding an identity card in an abandoned getaway car.
French magazine Le Point is reporting the two brothers had returned to France from Syria last month, and had ties to an Iraqi network in Paris encouraging young men to join militants in Iraq.
Cherif may have served prison time in 2008 for involvement in an Iraqi jihadist group operating out of France.
Armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher, two gunmen, claiming to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, stormed the satirical paper’s office about 11.30am on Wednesday (9:30pm AEDT Wednesday) shouting “we have avenged the Prophet” and “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is the greatest) as they fired.
The gunmen headed to the second floor editorial department where staff were holding their daily meeting and asked people who they were before shooting.
Terrified staff scattered, with some seeking refuge on the roof as the attack went on for five to 10 minutes before the gunmen managed to escape.
After being called out by name and executed in front of colleagues, ten staff members were gunned down and a police officer was also shot dead before the offenders fled in a getaway car where a third man was waiting.
Driving to Porte de Pantin in northeast Paris where they abandoned the first car and hijacked another, the three gunman emerged from their getaway vehicle to casually injure and execute a French policeman.
The escape prompted a huge manhunt with 3000 police are scouring the city in search of the terrorists as French President Francois Hollande described the bloodbath as an “undoubtedly terrorist act.”
Police are now conducting France anti-terror raids in the north-eastern city of Reims as part of their search for the terrorists.
‘A REAL SLAUGHTER’: WITNESSES DESCRIBE ATTACK
Rocco Contento, spokesman for the Unite police union, said the attackers exchanged gunfire with
“They opened fire on everyone, it was butchery, a real slaughter,” Mr Conteno has told the daily Libération.
“Some of the people there took refuge up on the roof. The attackers then emerged, and there was a shootout with police.”
Mr Contento added that the Charlie Hebdo offices had increased its security in recent weeks following renewed threats against the paper.
The contentious newspaper has drawn repeated threats for its controversial caricatures and was firebombed in 2011 in response to a satirical cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.
In videos posted from scenes of the attack, the gunmen can be heard yelling “Allahu Akbar” as gunshots fire.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
Witness Corinne Rey told L’Humanite she was forced to let the attackers into the building, and they claimed to be from al-Qaeda.
“I had gone to pick up my daughter from daycare. Arriving at the door of the newspaper building, two hooded and armed men brutally threatened us,” she said.
“They wanted to enter, go up. I typed the code. They shot Wolinski, Cabu … it lasted five minutes … I had taken refuge under a desk … They spoke French perfectly … claiming to be al-Qaeda.”
Australian journalist Amanda Morrow, who lives near the Charlie Hebdo offices, told News Corp Australia that even two hours after the attack, emergency vehicles were still streaming to the site.
Ms Morrow, who has worked for Radio France International for six years and, incidentally, is due to give birth today, said she was not surprised by the attack.
“If you live anywhere near Charlie Hebdo, which has continually printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, you know that it is always going to be a target,” she said. “Paris is no stranger to these sorts of attacks, there has been a lot of animosity between Jews and Muslims.”
The gunmen’s escape prompted a massive manhunt with about 3000 police officers scouring the streets of Paris for hours following the attack.
Police are forensically examining the abandoned black Citroen getaway car, which was found in the nearby 19th district in north-eastern Paris.
Liberation is reporting three suspects aged 18, 32, and 34, two of them believed to be brothers, have been arrested.
According to MetroNews, police have identified the men as Said and Cherif K, brothers born in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, and Hamyd M, the 18-year-old, whose nationality is not yet known.
Two police officers and 10 newspaper staff are among at least 12 killed in the attack.
Police said 11 are injured, four critically.
French media have named five of the victims: controversial cartoonist and editor Stephane Charbonnier, known as “Charb”; cartoonists Jean Cabut, Georges Wolinski and Bernard ‘Tignous’ Verlhac; and economist and writer Bernard Maris.
Charbonnier, 47, faced constant threats over the controversial publication, and once famously said: “I’d prefer to die standing than live on my knees.”
He appeared in a 2013 Wanted Dead or Alive for Crimes Against Islam article published by Inspire, the terrorist propaganda magazine published by al-Qaeda.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Gerard Biard, was in London at the time of the attack.
“I don’t understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war,” he told France Inter.
It has been reported the gunmen asked for the cartoonists by name before killing them.
Thousands of tributes to the cartoonists have appeared online with the hashtag Je Suis Charlie, which means “I am Charlie.”
Graphic video shows the officer being killed point-blank on the sidewalk by the terrorists after begging for his life.
What is Charlie Hebdo?
The satirical newspaper gained notoriety in February 2006 when it reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, causing fury across the Muslim world.
Its offices were firebombed in November 2011 when it published a cartoon of Mohammed and under the title Charia Hebdo. No one was injured in that attack.
Despite being taken to court under anti-racism laws, the weekly continued to publish controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet. In September 2012 Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of a naked Mohammed as violent protests were taking place in several countries over a low-budget film, titled Innocence of Muslims, which was made in the United States and insulted the prophet.
French schools, consulates and cultural centres in 20 Muslim countries were briefly closed along with embassies for fear of retaliatory attacks at the time.
Before his death in Wednesday’s shooting, editor Stephane Charbonnier received death threats and lived under police protection.
Charlie Hebdo’s front page on the day of the shooting
The French newspaper has long been the subject of threats and attacks in its 50-year history, particularly for poking fun at the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
The cover of Wednesday’s paper — the day of the shooting — featured a caricature of Michel Houellebecq, a novelist whose sixth novel, Submission, predicts a future France run by Muslims, in which women no longer wear Western clothes and polygamy is accepted.
On the cover, Mr Houellebecq is depicted as a wizard and smoking a cigarette, saying: “In 2022, I will do Ramadan.”
The last tweet on Charlie Hebdo’s Twitter profile page @Charlie_Hebdo_, sent about an hour before the shootings, included a satirical cartoon of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In it he wishes everyone “good health”.
It has not been confirmed if Charlie Hebdo’s latest cover image or tweet were the cause of the shooting.
Paris raises terror alert
French President Francois Hollande has condemned the attack as an “undoubtedly terrorist act.”
Paris has raised its terror alert level to the highest setting following the attack, with Mr Hollande calling an emergency cabinet meeting.
“France is today in shock, in front of a terrorist attack. This newspaper was threatened several rimes in the past and we need to show we are a united country,” he said.
“We have to be firm, and we have to be stand strong with the international community in the coming days and weeks. We are at a very difficult moment following several terrorist attacks. “We are threatened because we are a country of freedom. We will punish the attackers. We will look for the people responsible.”
The French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said prosecutors have been asked to take all precautions to protect publications, cultural institutions and public places.
He said that all measures were being taken “to neutralise these three criminals who have committed this barbaric act.”
Thousands rally in Paris for victims
Thousands of people joined rallies in Paris and other French cities on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to the victims of the massacre.
At least 10,000 people gathered in the eastern city of Lyon and another 5000 in Paris not far from the site of the attack that killed 12 people, according to police.
Crowds chanted “liberate d’expression” and held up pens, as a black armband was placed on Lady Liberty at Place de la Republique.
World leaders respond
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott condemned Thursday the “barbaric act” in Paris
“Australia stands with the people and the government of France at this difficult time,” Abbott said in a statement.
“The thoughts of all Australians are with the families of those who have lost their lives in this barbaric act. Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of a free society,”
World leaders have condemned Wednesday’s shooting, calling it an attack on press freedom and barbaric.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said the murders were “sickening”.
“We stand with the French people in the fight against terror and defending the freedom of the press.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the killings were a “barbaric attack on freedom of speech”.
“My thoughts are with the victims, their families and their colleagues,” he said.
The White House said it condemns the Paris attack in “strongest possible terms.”
“Everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were killed or injured in this attack,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, speaking on MSNBC.
“Senior officials at the White House have been in close touch with their counterparts in France this morning.”
He said the US was willing to help the French with an investigation.
German chancellor Angela Merkel said the shooting was “also an attack on press and free speech”, while Russian president Vladimir Putin said he “resolutely condemns terrorism.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi condemned the deadly attack highlighted the need to close ranks against militants.
“This terrorist attack (is) condemned by Iraq, which has suffered greatly at the hands of terrorist groups,” Abadi said in a statement. “This confirms that terrorism threatens all the countries of the world, and not Iraq alone.”
Queen Elizabeth also sent a message to Mr Hollande.
“Prince Philip and I send our sincere condolences to the families of those who have been killed and to those who have been injured in the attack in Paris this morning,” she said. “We send our thoughts and prayers to all those who have been affected.”
Pope Francis strongly condemned the “horrible attack” against a French satirical weekly Wednesday that left 12 people dead, his spokesman said.
“The Holy Father expresses the strongest condemnation for the horrible attack that plunged the city of Paris into mourning,” Federico Lombardi said in a statement.
UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said the attack was a “direct assault on democracy, media and freedom of expression.”