PARIS – At least 11 people were killed when several gunmen stormed the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and opened fire on employees, PakistanTribe.com learnt from International media.
There are reports of 11 dead after hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs attacked the headquarters of one of France’s most celebrated satirical magazines.
First reports suggested two men walked into the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris’s 11th arrondissement at about midday on Wednesday and began firing.
The death toll includes at least five journalists and one police officer.
Rocco Contento, a spokesman for the Unite police union, said “it was a real butchery” in the building. He said the Charlie Hebdo offices were guarded because of threats agains the magazine, but the attackers had entered the building intending to kill.
He said the attackers had stolen and car after fleeing the building and were headed to the Port de Pantin with police in pursuit.
Witnesses working in the building opposite heard shots as the attack began and saw a police office “between life and death” lying on the road outside.
Streets were closed off around the building in the aftermath of the shooting and a few hundred metres away on the Boulevard Richard-Lenoir a police car was riddled with bullet holes to its windscreen.
A statement is expected shortly from the interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, and the French president, François Hollande, is due to arrive.
In 2008, Charlie Hebdo was criticised for running Danish cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed. The magazine defended the publication in the name of freedom of expression.
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