Friday, January 9, 2015

Paris Shooting Attack: Kourachi Brothers Are Dead

Shortly after 5 p.m. in France, two simultaneous hostage standoffs came to dramatic conclusions amid gunshots and explosions. Paris Shooting Attack: Kourachi Brothers Are Dead
The mayor of the town of Dammartin-en-Goële announced that Said and Cherif Kourachi – the brothers suspected of being behind Wednesday's attack in Paris on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 – were themselves dead. 

Early Friday, the two had been trapped in a Dammartin-en-Goële printing plant within a vast warehouse complex. The town is near Charles de Gaulle Airport, 25 miles north of Paris. 

The mayor also said that a hostage, believed to be female, whom the brothers had taken before the standoff, is unhurt and has been freed. 

Also on Friday, a gunman opened fire at a kosher supermarket in eastern Parisand took at least five people hostage. Police officials say at least four people, including the shooter, are dead. 

Police said the gunman, who has been identified as 32-year-old Amedy Coulibaly, had links to the Kourachi brothers. They also blamed the hostage-taker for Thursday's murder of a French policewoman who was gunned down during an unrelated traffic stop on a Paris street. One of the two suspects in that shooting, a female identified as 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddienne, is still at large. 

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