Metro News in France is reporting that police have identified the attackers on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo office
Le Monde tweets that it has confirmed with police sources that the three suspects have been identified; however,The French reports do not include names.
The attack at Charlie Hebdo Magazine‘s office began around noon, when the suspects killed a receptionist to gain entrance to the offices in central Paris. They then opened fire on a second-floor editorial meeting, killing 10 people, including eight journalists, prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters. A police officer was killed during the suspects’ getaway. Eight others were injured, including four who reportedly were in serious condition.
We are shocked. We know that there should be a place for satirical press in Europe. We’re also sure though that this was not about Muslim people – it was about some really really extreme people. I am very worried about what might happen next – that the Front National will try to use this to their advantage. It doesn’t represent France at all.
–French expat, Marie Proffit
Warning: Extremely Graphic Footage
President Obama’s reaction
Footage courtesy of The Guardian
Chérif and Said Kouachi, ages 32 and 34, are suspected of being the masked gunmen who entered the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper at 10 Rue Nicolas-Appert in the 11th Arrondissement on Wednesday morning and slaughtered members of the paper’s staff and two police officers with Kalashnikov automatic weapons. The third suspect, Hamyd Mourad age 18, has surrendered, while the two brothers have yet to be in custody.
President François Hollande has declared Thursday a day of national mourning, with flags at half-mast for three days. The President stated the country has been “struck at its very heart”.
Freedom will always be stronger than barbarism.
Here is a timeline, as reported by The Guardian, of the events that transpired prior to the ultimate demise of all suspects involved in the initial attack on Charlie Hebdo …
Friday 9 January, 11:30am
Police close in on the Création Tendance Découverte printing complex where there are reports that one hostage is inside. According to French TV, he is a 26-year-old male. French special forces take up positions on the roof of surrounding buildings. Charles de Gaulle airport, 8 kms away, is partly closed.
There were reports that an armed man took a hostage in a Jewish grocery store at Porte de Vincennes in Paris.
The man suspected of killing a policewoman in Paris on Thursday is the hostage taker at the supermarket, according to reports, and had around five people hostage. Police say no hostages were injured.
Shots and explosions were heard at the siege at Dammartin-en-Goële, and heavily-armed counter-terror officers moved in. The Charlie Hebdo gunmen are reported to have been killed and the hostage there freed.
Loud bangs were heard at the site of the supermarket siege, with some hostages being led out by police. Shortly afterwards, reports say the hostage takers at Dammartin-en-Goële, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, were killed in the assault, as was Amedy Coulibaly.
-Infinite Wiz (@infinitewiz)