At least 12 people have been killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons joking about Muslim leaders.
French President François Hollande called the storming of the magazine office a terrorist attack. The police is on lookout for two armed gunmen which are still at large after carrying out the attack.
Here are the live updates of the shooting incident –
- A cartoonist at Charlie Hebdo, Corine Rey, was quoted by France 24 as saying that she let the gunmen into the magazine office after being held at gunpoint. Rey told that the gunmen said that they were al Qaeda and shot four cartoonists and added that the shooting lasted about five minutes. The cartoonist also informed that the gunmen spoke perfect French.
- Mazagine’s editor-in-chief, Charb, killed in the attack, had reportedly received death threats in the past and was living under police protection.
- As the gunmen are still on the loose, the soldiers have been put in place by the French government to protect public spaces in Paris.
- In a video of the attack filmed by a man taking refuge on a nearby rooftop, the attackers were heard shouting “Allah-u-Akbar” (God is greatest) between rounds of heavy arms fire, as per AFP.
- As per France24, among the ten journalists killed four were cartoonists, Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski, including the one which made the cartoon of Prophet Mohammed, citing Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer.
- The reports coming in indicate that the gunmen stormed the rooms of magazine office and executed the killings before killing two police and fleeing from the scene.
- The editor-in-chief of the magazine, Stephane Charbonnier, was also killed by the masked gunmen during the shooting.
- Some of the cartoonists of Charlie Hebdo magazine have been reportedly killed by the attackers.
- After US, UK and French President, NATO has condemned the terror attack at the Charlie Hebdo office. “My full solidarity with our ally France following attack on press freedom,” NATO secretary general Jens Stoltenberg said.
- Security in various marketplaces and other crowded places in Delhi has also been beefed up after Paris terror attack.
- French news agency reports that White House condemns Paris attack in ‘strongest possible terms’.
- The death toll in the shooting incident has now risen to 12, as per the prosecutors, while several people injured in the attack remain critical
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack in his posted on Twitter saying, “Condemnable & despicable attack in Paris. Our solidarity with people of France. My thoughts are with families of those who lost their lives (sic).”
- The last tweet by the magazine’s handle before attack shows ISIS leader al-Baghdadi giving best wishes for 2015.
- Hebdo gunmen sped away in hijacked car towards east Paris at the mass shoot-out with police officers.
- Police said that the attackers at the magazine’s office shouted “we have avenged the prophet”.
- The Charlie Hebdo was known for its attacks on religions and had carried a caricature of Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
- British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the ‘sickening’ murders at French satirical weekly.
- Alert has been issued and police is on a lookout for two heavily armed gunmen that are on the loose.
- Charlie Hebdo is also being reported to be as one of the most provocative magazine with its satires and cartoons depicting religious leaders
- French President, addressing the media, said that the shooting at the office of the magazine was ‘undoubtedly a terrorist attack’
- President Hollande is on way to the shooting as France has raised Paris alert status to highest level after shooting at a publication office of a satirical magazine.
- French President François Hollande, after the shocking incident, has called for an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation.
According to reports, eye-witnesses saw masked men heavily armed with machine guns.
- Five other people were also seriously injured in the shooting incident.
- The death toll in the shooting incident has rises to 11. Reports say that nine journalist and two police were killed in the attack.
- At least 10 people have been reportedly killed in the firing.
- Two masked gunmen stormed Charlie Hebdo office in Paris.