Gunmen Are Holding 10 Hostages Inside a Paris Clothing Store, Reports Say

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A store belonging to the Primark clothing chain just outside Paris is reportedly being held up by two or three gunmen with hostages inside.

Local police said there are around 10 hostages inside the store near the French capital, Agence France-Presse reports.

According to the BBC, the gunmen were attempting to rob the store. Special forces are reportedly at the scene.

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Paris Hero Describes How He Saved Customers During Supermarket Attack

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The Muslim shop employee hailed as a hero for saving customers during a terrorist attack on a Kosher supermarket last week has described how he hid people in a cold storage room as a gunman assaulted the store.

Lassana Bathily, 24, told the BBC that he was working in the basement of the Hyper Casher grocery store when he heard gunshots on Jan. 9. “The customers started running down the steps. They were screaming [that] there were terrorists in the shop,” he said.

Bathily ushered the customers into a cold storage room, then switched off the refrigerator and the lights. “I told the customers to stay calm. [I said:] If the terrorist comes down here he must not hear you.” Bathily said once everyone had quieted down, he decided to go outside to help the police. Initially, police thought he was one of the gunmen, but he convinced them he…

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How the Charlie Hebdo attack and manhunt unfolded day by day, city by city

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The men who French police allege murdered 12 people in or around the Charlie Hebdo offices were killed in a standoff with security forces on Friday, seemingly bringing some resolution to this week’s wave of dramatic violence and fear.

The deaths of the suspects, brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, ended a three-day manhunt that began in Paris and spanned hundreds of square miles of France. Here’s a look at how it played out:


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Paris Terror Attack Suspects Killed After Police Standoffs

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Three terror suspects and four hostages were killed in France on Friday, as police brought to an end two separate hostage incidents relating to the deadly terror attacks on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

In an industrial estate outside Paris, police killed the two brothers who allegedly mounted Wednesday’s devastating assault that killed 12 people and set off the biggest manhunt in modern French history.

Just a 15-minute drive away, SWAT teams killed another gunman who had holed up all afternoon in a kosher supermarket in a city suburb with several hostages. The siege left five dead in total, but the gunman’s alleged co-conspirator remained on the run Friday night, having escaped as police stormed the store.

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Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, 34 and 32, the two French-born brothers who authorities say stormed Charlie Hebdo with Kalashnikovs and then fled in a stolen vehicle, holed up in a commercial…

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Al-Qaeda Group Claims Responsibility for Paris Terror Attack

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) took responsibility on Friday for the attack on the Paris satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. A statement provided to the Associated Press said “the leadership of AQAP directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully.” The attack, which killed 12 people, was intended to as “revenge for the honor” of the Prophet Mohammad, the depiction of whom is forbidden by Islamic tradition. The magazine had repeatedly mocked him in cartoons.

The claim, which the unnamed spokesman said was delayed two days after Wednesday’s attack for “security reasons,” did not come as a shock. But one of the gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo attack shouted, “You can tell the media it was Al-Qaeda in Yemen” during the assault, according to a witness. And a the French news channel BFM Television reported that Said and Cherif Kouachi made the same claim in a…

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Gunman Linked to Charlie Hebdo Shooters Takes Hostages at Kosher Grocery

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The suspected shooter of a female cop in a Paris suburb is now also suspected of attacking a kosher grocery store. AFP reports that the shooter has taken hostages at that location in eastern Paris near the Porte de Vincennes.

Local media suggested that several people were wounded and two killed in the shoot-out which preceded the gunman entering the store.

The police officer was fatally shot in the suburb of Montrouge on Thursday by a gunman who Reuters reports is in the same terrorist cell as the two Charlie Hebdo shooters currently suspected of holding a hostage in a factory northeast of Paris near Charles de Gaulle airport. There, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi have reportedly told negotiators they intend to “die as martyrs.”

Law enforcement officials released a statement saying they are looking for two suspects in connection with the Montrouge shooting: a man, Amedy Coulibaly, and a woman…

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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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Friday morning unfolded with dramatic speed and unpredictable turns…

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