Thursday, January 22, 2015
Attack in Paris
Twelve Are Killed in Terrorist Attack at Newspaper in Paris two masked gunmen storm the office of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly magazine, in Paris, and kill 12 people, including the paper's top editor. Several cartoonists, and two police officers. Five others are critically injured. The provocative magazine is known for publishing charged cartoons that satirized the Prophet Muhammad, most religions, the pope, and several world leaders. French President Francois Holland responds to the attack by saying that "France is in shock." It is the worst terrorist attack in the country since World War II. A manhunt is on for the two gunmen, Said Kouachi, 34, and his younger brother Cherif, 32. Meanwhile, the driver of the getaway car, Hamyd Mourad, 18, turns himself in at a police station about 145 miles northeast of Paris. France holds a moment of silence in memory of those killed in the attack. (Jan. 9) The Kouachi brothers take a hostage at a printing facility outside Paris. French police launch an assault on the building, freeing the hostage and killing the suspects.