Gunmen kill 12, injure 11 in French satirical magazine office

Gunmen kill 12, injure 11 in French satirical magazine office
Published: 2015 January 07 23:14:11 (7235 Views)
Gunmen have attacked the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people and injuring 11, in an apparent Islamist attack.

At about 11:20 local time (10:30GMT) two masked gunmen arrived at the building in Rue Nicolas-Appert.

Cartoonist Corinne Rey said the men got into the building after forcing her to enter the code to open the door.

Once in the building, the men - armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles - killed a security guard and moved to the second-floor office of Charlie Hebdo, where the weekly editorial meeting was taking place.

The gunmen opened fire, killing eight journalists and a guest attending the meeting.

Witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting "We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" and "God is Greatest" in Arabic ("Allahu Akbar").



Police, alerted about a shooting incident, arrived at the scene as the gunmen were leaving the building.

A police car blocked the gunmen's escape route down the narrow street and the gunmen opened fire.

Two police officers were killed. One of them was reportedly shot dead by a gunman as he lay wounded on the pavement.

The attackers left in a black Citroen C3, with an accomplice. They later switched to another car that had been stolen.

The getaway car was found abandoned - after having crashed into another car a short time later in Rue de Meaux, about 3km north of the Charlie Hebdo offices.

The attackers hijacked another car, a grey Renault Clio.

Shortly before midday the police lost track of the gunmen. They are searching for three men in connection with the attack.



Source - BBC

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