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Charlie Hebdo attack: 12 dead in terror attack on satirical newspaper, France on high alert

The same satirical newspaper was firebombed in the past for publishing cartoons in 2011 joking about Muslim leaders.

By: Agencies | Paris |
Updated: January 8, 2015 4:45:50 pm

Twelve people were killed including two police officers and 10 injured in shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, already the target of a firebombing in 2011 after publishing cartoons deriding Prophet Mohammad on its cover, police spokesman said.

2011: Charlie Hebdo firebombed after putting Prophet Mohammad on cover

2012: Charlie Hebdo reprints Prophet Mohammad cartoons

Five of the injured were in a critical condition, said the spokesman.

Separately, the government said it was raising France’s national security level to the highest notch.

In pics: ‘Terrorists’ storm office of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Charlie Hebdo attack UPDATES

9.00 pm: France’s Muslim leadership sharply condemned the shooting at a Paris satirical weekly that left at least 12 people dead as a “barbaric” attack and an assault on press freedom and democracy.

8.26 pm: Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his condolences to the victims of Wednesday’s deadly attack on the offices of a French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo and condemned ‘terrorism’ in all its forms, his spokesman said on Wednesday.

8.12 pm: President Barack Obama is offering help to French officials to pursue terrorists responsible for what he is calling a “horrific shooting” at a satirical weekly newspaper.

8.00 pm: Danish media group JP/Politikens Hus, whose newspaper Jyllands-Posten published cartoons in 2005 depicting the Prophet Mohammad, has increased its security level because of the shooting at a magazine in Paris on Wednesday, an internal e-mail showed.

7.39 pm: The spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor says the editor and a cartoonist for the satirical French newspaper targeted by gunmen are among the 12 people killed in the attack.

7.36 pm: French soldiers patrol at the Eiffel Tower after a shooting at a French satirical newspaper.


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7.13 pm: “The world community must unite to root out terror from every country and society,” President Pranab Mukherjee.

6.43 pm: Masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices.

6.31 pm: German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany stands by France in this difficult moment

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6.20 pm: White House condemns Paris attack in “strongest possible terms”.

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6.06 pm: Twelve people including two police officers were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, a police spokesman said in an update on the death toll.
French President Francois Hollande described as without doubt a terrorist attack.

5.57 pm: Prosecutor says 12 dead in attack on French satirical newspaper; gunmen still at large.

5.52 pm: The two masked attackers got away in a hijacked car.


5.46 pm: France reinforces security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation.

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5.37 pm: An injured person is evacuated outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s office.


5.30 pm: French President Francois Hollande leaves the Elysee Palace after a shooting at a French satirical newspaper, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015.


5.20 pm: French President Hollande says there is no doubt attack on Charlie Hebdo is terrorist attack

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