12 people killed in deadly gun attack in France

12 people killed in deadly gun attack in France

Huge manhunt is underway in Paris after at least 12 people were killed and seven others injured in a shooting at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Police said two of those killed were police officers and that four of the wounded are in a critical condition.

Witness Benoit Bringer said the attack started at 11.30 am local time: “Two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (automatic assault rifles). A few minutes later we heard lots of shots.” He added the men were then seen fleeing the building.

Other witnesses described a gun fight with police before three black-clad attackers escaped in a car which may have been hijacked. Video posted on social media shows one of the gunmen firing a shot into the head of a police officer who was lying wounded on the pavement. They have not been caught but the car – a black Citroen C3 – was later seen being examined by police forensic experts on the eastern outskirts of Paris.

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