The Whole Of France Is In TENSION: Updates On The Terror Attack In Paris

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A lot of people have been coming up with different stories concerning an attack at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo left at least 12 people dead on Wednesday, January 7. The terror attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo newspaper were as brutal as they were efficient. Within minutes, 12 people were dead, 11 more were wounded and the gunmen managed to shoot their way through multiple encounters with police.

 

The Attack

About 11:30 a.m. local time, a car pulled up outside the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris’ 11th district. Two people got out. They were dressed in black, carried what appeared to be automatic weapons and had their faces covered.

The gunmen asked maintenance men where the magazine office was located and opened fire, killing one of the workers.

They made their way to the magazine’s office on the second floor and headed to the newsroom, opening fire again, killing 10 people this time. The staff of Charlie Hebdo, which publishes weekly on Wednesdays, was in a lunchtime editorial meeting when the gunmen burst into the office.

The gunmen then left the building and drove off with a third suspect, encountering and exchanging fire with police three times. A police officer was shot in the final exchange. A video from the attack shows two gunmen leaving their vehicle, with one approaching a man who appears to be an officer, lying on the ground and possibly wounded, and opening fire. The suspects later carjacked another vehicle to continue their getaway.

The cartoon artists and staff of Charlie Hebdo were famous for targeting all forms of authority with the world’s sharpest, no-holds-barred political cartoons. But intolerance for that irreverence has cost some of France’s most respected and controversial cartoonists their lives.

According to CNN,

Investigators are in the early stages of understanding exactly what happened inside the offices of the Paris-based magazine. The gunmen asked for specific people by name before killing them, according to a doctor who helped wounded patients and spoke with survivors of the attack. The gunmen divided the men from the women before opening fire. The shooting was not a random spray of bullets, he said, but more of a precision execution.

The attack appeared highly organized, down to a detailed getaway plan. It’s not yet clear if the gunmen had help. “Several detentions” took place overnight in connection with the shootings, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday, without specifying exactly how many. The authorities have released the names and photographs of two brothers they say they are looking for: Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi.

The suspects, Brothers, Said and
The suspects, Brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi

Police found an ID document of Said Kouachi at the scene of the shooting, CNN affiliate BFMTV reported. “It was their only mistake,” said Dominique Rizet, BFMTV’s police and justice consultant, reporting that the discovery helped the investigation.

Any possible links between the people detained and the main suspects, who are still at large, weren’t disclosed. Late Wednesday, a third suspect, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, turns himself in to police, a source close to the case tells the AFP news agency. He does so after seeing his name mentioned on social media, the source says. Although his classmates have taken to Twitter to vindicate the 18 year old as they said he was in class while the attack was going on, reports are still very unsure.

The Reason Behind The Attack

During the attack, the gunmen said, “Allahu akbar” — which translates to “God is great” — and that they were avenging the Prophet Mohammed, Molins, the prosecutor, told reporters. Charlie Hebdo has a controversial history of depicting Mohammed, often in an unfavorable light, which has angered many Muslims around the world.

Earlier cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed spurred protests and the burning of the magazine’s office three years ago. Its last tweet before Wednesday’s attack featured a cartoon of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi offering festive greetings with the words, “And, above all, health!”

Reactions

At the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama condemns the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices. Social media responds to the terrorist attack with “Je suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie.” The show of solidarity with Paris and the satirical newspaper goes viral and in a multitude of languages. Rather than huddling behind closed doors in fear, thousands of Parisians take to the streets and hold vigil for the Charlie Hebdo victims.

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Paris in one voice holding vigils for the victims
Paris is not afraid, Marchers rally in solidarity in France and Europe after Charlie Hebdo attack
Paris is not afraid, marchers rally in solidarity around France and Europe after the attack

 

Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier was among the dead.

At least seven other journalists were killed, including well-known cartoonists Georges Wolinski, who worked under the pen name Wolinski, Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Bernard “Tignous” Verlhac and Philippe Honore, known as Honore. Also killed was journalist, economist and Charlie Hebdo shareholder Bernard Maris, BFMTV reported. A maintenance man and two police officers also died, according to authorities.

The two police officers killed were identified as Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro. Eleven people were wounded in the attack, including four in serious condition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKjyVgoSTPM

The video above was gotten from Sky News Youtube, and the terrorists were seen chanting “Allahu Akbar”.

“Everything will be done to arrest (the attackers),” French President Francois Hollande said in a speech Wednesday night. “… We also have to protect all public places. Security forces will be deployed everywhere there can be the beginning” of a threat.

The Whole World unites with France in this very devastating terror attack time, WE ARE CHARLIE.

Credit: CNN

Jordan Abiola

Jordan Abiola

Non-Conformist. Content Specialist for Entertainment & Pop-Culture. I am incredibly clear about my opinions, grounded in my own sense of identity and very assertive about being me so i am not easily swayed by what other people think of me. #TheJordanBrand

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