Paris Terror Suspects Cornered With Hostage

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In what seemed like a last act of desperation, the prime suspects in Wednesday’s attack in Paris fired shots at French police as the massive dragnet closed on them and holed up in a factory northeast of the city, close to Charles de Gaulle Airport, with at least one hostage.

French officials said they had made contact with the gunmen who expressed their desire to die as martyrs. Police are convinced that Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, 34 and 32, French-born brothers of Algerian immigrant parents, are the masked gunmen who pulled off France’s worst terror attack in modern times on Wednesday, when they stormed the offices of the satirical weekly paper Charlie Hebdo in ski masks armed with Kalashnikovs, and shot dead 12 people, including eight journalists and two police officers, before fleeing the scene in a getaway car.

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Paris Police Say 12 Dead After Shooting at Charlie Hebdo

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Twelve people were confirmed dead after a shooting at the office of a French satirical weekly in Paris, police said on Wednesday.

A police spokesman told reporters the dead included ten journalists and two police officers, adding that five people were seriously injured. Earlier, Luc Poignard, a police union official, said two attackers escaped in two vehicles after opening fire at Charlie Hebdo. Witnesses said the gunmen headed to the Porte de Pantin, one of the exits of the city center, with the police in pursuit.

The magazine was attacked with petrol bombs in 2011, a day after saying that the Prophet Muhammed would be its “editor-in-chief” for its next issue.

“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (guns),” Benoit Bringer told France Info radio. “A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,”

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