At least 12 people have been killed and another 10 injured after two masked gunmen attacked the headquarters of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine in France.
Masked gunmen have stormed the premises of satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has caused controversy in the past over its cartoons of ongoing and current affairs. At least 12 people have been killed and another 10 are injured.
Charlie Hebdo has caused major controversy in the past after it produced an edition of the magazine titled ‘Charia Hebdo’ – a play on the Islamic traditional judicial system of Sharia Law – and had a cartoon caricature of the prophet Muhammed – whose face is not meant to be drawn.
The most recent publication by the organisation was a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Witnesses spoke of sustained gunfire at the office as the attackers opened fire with assault rifles before escaping. Two of those killed are police officers, France’s AFP news agency reports, and five of those wounded are critically injured.
An eyewitness, Benoit Bringer, told French TV channel Itele: “Two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs”
The men were then seen fleeing the building. Police have launched a major operation in the Paris area in their hunt for the attackers.
The suspects were named as Cherif Kouachi, 32, his brother Said Kouachi, 34, and Hamyd Mourad, 18, of Gennevilliers. Mourad was arrested after handing himself into police, apparently motivated to surrender after hearing his name of the news.