Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine attacked in Paris

07 January 2015

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Terrorists have attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in Paris


French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo attacked by terrorists

The offices of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, have been attacked in Paris in what has been described by the French President as a terrorist attack.


At least two masked gunmen attacked with assault rifles and exchanged shots with the police before escaping in a car.  The attackers were heard shouting “we have avenged the Prophet Mohammed” during the attack.


French President Francois Hollande described the incident as a terrorist attack of “exceptional barbarity”, "we are threatened because we are a country of liberty,"  he added.  At the time of writing, twelve people are reported to have been killed and several more seriously injured.  The dead include four of the magazines well known cartoonists; Stephane Charbonnier, Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski.  Two police officers that had arrived on the scene were also killed.


The offices of Charlie Hebdo have been attacked before, with a fire bomb attack being made just days after it published a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed in November 2011.  Recently, the Charlie Hebdo Twitter account tweeted a cartoon of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Our thoughts at this time go out to the family and friends of the journalists and policemen that have lost their lives simply going about their normal days work.




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