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Attack on French media house leaves 12 dead

Attack on French media house leaves 12 dead

Twelve people are believed to have been killed in a suspected terror attack on a media house in the French capital, Paris, on Wednesday afternoon.

According to local media, two heavily armed men wearing black hoodies entered the office of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in the city's 11th District, before gunshots were fired. Eyewitness reports also claims that the attackers used a rocker-launcher before trying to flee scene in a stolen car, knocking a pedestrian down in the process. It remains unclear as to what happened after they had abandoned the vehicle.

“We then heard them open fire inside, with many shots,” an eyewitness from an adjacent building was quoted as saying by CNN affiliated French broadcaster, BFMTV.

“We were all evacuated to the roof. After several minutes, the men fled, after having continued firing in the middle of the street."

French President Francios Hollande has described the incident as having the traits of terrorism and that those responsible “will be chased [for] as long as necessary, so that they can be stopped and be brought before judges”.

Charlie Hebdo has come under a barrage of attacks lately since reprinting the controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, that first appeared in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten in 2006. In 2011, the magazine had its offices petrol bombed after publishing a cartoon of the Prophet saying, “100 lashes if you're not dying of laughter."

In 2012, the magazine caused further uproar after publishing a cartoon of the Prophet naked, shortly after protest erupted in certain countries following the release of Egyptian-born US director and writer, Mark Basseley Youssef’s controversial anti-Islamic film, Innocence of Muslims.

The latest attack on the magazine comes hours after it tweeted a cartoon of Islamic State (Isis) leader, Bakr al-Baghdadi, standing behind in what appears to be a mosque and taking over a microphone with the words “And, above all, health” appearing above.


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