Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Charlie Hebdo

From the BBC:
"Charlie Hebdo attack: What we know so far"

At about 11:20 local time (10:30GMT) two masked gunmen arrived at the building in Rue Nicolas-Appert. Cartoonist Corinne Rey said the men got into the building after forcing her to enter the code to open the door. Once in the building, the men - armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles - killed a policeman on guard and a member of staff. The attackers then moved to the second-floor office of Charlie Hebdo, where the weekly editorial meeting was taking place. They opened fire, killing eight journalists and a guest attending the meeting.   Witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting "We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" and "God is Greatest" in Arabic ("Allahu Akbar"). Police, alerted about a shooting incident, arrived at the scene as the gunmen were leaving the building.  A police car blocked the gunmen's escape route down the narrow street and the gunmen opened fire.  Pictures of the car show the windscreen full of bullet holes.  A second police officer was reportedly shot dead by a gunman as he lay wounded on the pavement. The attackers left in a black Citroen C3, with an accomplice. They later switched to another car that had been stolen.   The getaway car was found abandoned - after having crashed into another car a short time later in Rue de Meaux, about 3km north of the Charlie Hebdo offices. The attackers hijacked another car, a grey Renault Clio.
Shortly before midday the police lost track of the gunmen. They are searching for three men in connection with the attack. A major police operation is under way to catch the killers and an additional 500 police have been deployed on the streets of Paris. Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor Stephane Charbonnier, were reported among those killed, as well as two police officers.  Mr Charbonnier, 47, had received death threats in the past and was living under police protection. He was regularly accompanied by two protection officers. French media have named the three other cartoonists killed in the attack as Jean Cabut aka Cabu, Bernard Verlhac aka Tignous and Georges Wolinski. The economist and journalist Bernard Maris was also killed.
Several of the wounded remain in a critical condition.

^ It's sad that the majority of the people in the world only seem to care about terrorism (especially from Muslim extremists) only after an attack like this. The fact is that in the last 13 years alone Muslim extremists have attacked: Russia, India, Spain, the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, France (and numerous other places) and so more of the world needs to take notice and do something before the next attack. ^

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