Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack.
Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers.
Eyewitnesses described seeing two black-hooded men entering the building, dressed in the typical jihadist “uniform” of black balaclavas and khaki ammunition pouches. They then opened fire with Kalashnikovs in the office, with reports of up to 50 shots fired. A social media post from France’s AFP news agency reported that the men may also have been armed with at least one rocket-launcher, though this was not corroborated by other reports.
Upon exiting the office the attackers exchanged shots with police in the street before escaping by car. They later abandoned the car in Rue de Meaux, northern Paris, where they hijacked a second car.
Footage shot by an eyewitness outside…
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