Gun­men kill 12 French satir­i­cal mag­a­zine jour­nal­ists


Two hooded Is­lamist gun­men have at­tacked the Paris of­fice of French satir­i­cal mag­a­zine Charlie Hebdo, killing ten jour­nal­ists and ed­i­tors and two po­lice­men and in­jur­ing seven, sev­eral of them in crit­i­cal con­di­tion. The as­sailants en­tered the ed­i­to­rial of­fices of the mag­a­zine and opened fire with as­sault ri­fles, be­fore es­cap­ing the build­ing and en­gag­ing the po­lice on the street out­side in a heavy fire ex­change, killing two of the po­lice of­fi­cers. They man­aged to get into their car and fleets with po­lice in the street out­side be­fore es­cap­ing by car.

Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande de­scribed the event as a ter­ror­ist at­tack “of ex­cep­tional bar­bar­ity.” Charlie Hebdo, a no-holds-barred satir­i­cal weekly, has made a name for it­self for its ir­rev­er­ence when re­port­ing – and mock­ing – the news. The of­fices of the mag­a­zine were fire-bombed in Novem­ber 2011 a day after it car­ried a car­i­ca­ture which hurt Is­lamic sen­ti­ments.

The Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, has con­demned the at­tack in Paris. “Con­demnable and de­spi­ca­ble at­tack in Paris. Our sol­i­dar­ity with peo­ple of France. My thoughts are with the fam­i­lies of those who lost their lives,” the Prime Min­is­ter said.

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