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France Mourns Killing Of 12 In An Attack On Charlie Hebdo Office In Paris

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Gunmen attack Charlie Hebdo office
Gunmen attack Charlie Hebdo office

French police name two brothers as suspects in the attack on the Paris offices of humorous magazine Charlie Hebdo. The French police had issued photos of Cherif and Said Kouachi. A third suspect has surrendered reportedly.

Prayers vigils have been held in Paris and in cities all over the world in order to pay tribute those killed in Wednesday’s attack. The participants were carrying placards reading “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) expressing solidarity with the victims.

On Wednesday January 7, gunmen shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in what was an apparent militant Islamist attack. Among those killed in this incident were four of the magazine’s renowned cartoonists, including its editor, plus two police officers.

The latest provoking and controversial tweet on Charlie Hebdo’s account was a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. According to the witnesses they heard the gunmen shouting “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” and “God is Great” in Arabic (“Allahu Akbar”).

A minute’s silence will be observed at midday across France while the bells of Notre Dame in Paris will ring. Additionally a day of mourning for the 12 people killed in the attack is being observed in the country. As a result of this terror attack, France has been placed on the highest terror alert meanwhile, further troops have been deployed to guard media offices, places of worship and other sensitive areas.