The two remaining suspects in Wednesday’s massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices are dead.
Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi were alleged to have carried out the deadly shooting that killed 12 people, including eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.
The gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the satirical newspaper, shooting the senior staff and then continuing indiscriminately. They told witnesses they were from Al Qaeda and trained in Yemen. They executed police officer Ahmed Merabet before fleeing in a getaway car.
The Kouachi brothers were cornered in a print shop in Dammartin-en-Go├â┬½le Friday morning, where they took a hostage before being shot by police forces. The hostage was rescued.
Simultaneously in Paris, a gunman reported to be connected to the Charlie Hebdo shooters opened fire on a Jewish supermarket, taking multiple hostages.
Police raided the market, and according to the French ambassador to the U.S., the operation was a success. He tweeted:
The kosher supermarket has been stormed. The terrorist is dead. The hostages are alive.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ G├â┬⌐rard Araud (@GerardAraud) January 9, 2015
Though several hostages were freed, the number of casualties has yet to be determined. There were reportedly multiple injuries.
The shooter — thought to be Amedy Coulibaly — was killed. But his female accomplice escaped. A manhunt is now on for Hayat Boumeddiene (below).
Coulibaly and Boumeddiene’s connection to Wednesday’s shootings has yet to be confirmed.
The third suspect in the Charlie Hebdo attack, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, turned himself into French authorities late Wednesday.
World leaders denounced the massacre. President Obama called the terrorist attacks “cowardly” and “evil.” Comedians around the world shared their condolences for the cartoonists and stressed the importance of free speech.
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