Deadly Attack On French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo In Paris

AFP reported that a source close to the Paris police investigation said that the attackers were “armed with a Kalashnikov and a rocket-launcher.” The men apparently exchanged fire with security forces after they stormed the building, located in a central part of the city.

French news channel BFMTV said that a worker in the office opposite of Charlie Hebdo saw two hooded men dressed in black enter the building, carrying Kalashnikovs.

“We then heard them open fire inside, with many shots,” the witness said. “We were all evacuated to the roof. After several minutes, the men fled, after having continued firing in the middle of the street.”

Charlie Hebdo has a long history of attracting controversy for its drawings, and has been accused of insulting Islam. In February 2006, it reprinted caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.

In November 2011 Charlie Hebdo was hit by a fire-bomb after it published more cartoons of Muslim Prophet Mohammed, and in September 2012 it depicted the Islamic prophet in a naked state. The published cartoons caused French schools, consulates and cultural centers in 20 Islamic countries to fear retaliatory attacks.

The gunmen reportedly fled the scene and hijacked a car. Paris remains on the highest level of security as authorities search for the attackers.
According to ABC News, the attack was France’s deadliest in decades.
President Barack Obama responded to the shooting in a statement saying:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.”
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