Armed gunmen face police officers near the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan. 7, 2015. A massive manhunt is underway for the gunmen, who are still at large. The magazine staff was in an editorial meeting, around lunchtime in Paris, when the gunmen opened fire.
Twelve people are dead following what France’s president is calling a “terror attack” on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday. A massive manhunt is underway for the gunmen, who are still at large.
Three masked gunmen shouted “Allahu akbar!” as they stormed the building, killing 10 journalists and two police officers, security officials confirmed. The magazine staff was in an editorial meeting, around lunchtime in Paris, when the gunmen opened fire.
French President Francois Hollande said “several terrorist attacks were thwarted in recent weeks” but this is of exceptional barbarity. In response, France has raised its alert to the highest level, reinforcing security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and public transportation.
Video taken from a nearby rooftop, shows two men firing from rifles in the street below. The gunmen get out of a black hatchback parked in middle of street, rifles in hand, shooting as they go at a building. As they fire, a man cowers on the street. One of the gunmen shoots the man in the head. They yell out to others before both getting into the car and speeding off.
People in nearby buildings and offices are tweeting photos from the scene the photo below shows an office window damaged by bullets. Another shows the scene around the offices as paramedics tend to the wounded. Read more…