Istanbul, Turkey – The French police announced that at least 12 people were killed and ten others injured during an attack on the headquarters of the French newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s, saying that two policemen were among the dead and four others seriously wounded.
“The attacks were carried out with machine guns,” the police added.
The gunmen, who carried out the attack on the newspaper’s headquarters located in the French capital of Paris, entered the building and fired on the employees and fled within minutes, taking a car that was parked across the street, French media sources reported.
After the attack, the French government decided to raise security alert to the maximum levels in Paris and its suburbs, while the headquarters of all the newspapers and media corporations were put under tight security procedures.
The French President Francois Hollande visited the incident’s location and condemned the attack, considering it a “terrorist” attack, vowing to arrest the perpetrators for prosecution and punishment.
“The attack touches the heart of the principles of the French Republic, which are freedom and freedom of expression,” Hollande said in a speech in front of the headquarters of the newspaper.
“This attack is not isolated from earlier terrorist attacks against France,” Holland said.
In the meantime, the British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the operation describing it as an “abhorrent” attack, expressing his country’s solidarity with France in the “anti-terrorism war”.
The newspaper of Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical newspaper with leftist direction, and publishes mainly cartoons in addition to some inquiries about religious groups and the extreme rightists, and had already published more than once cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Reporting by: Mohammed al-Shami
Source: ARA News
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