TRENDING NEWS: Friday Jan 9th, 2015
French Police Storm Hostage Sites, Killing Gunmen
Charlie Hebdo Suspects Dead in Raid; Hostage Taker in Paris Is Also Killed
By DAN BILEFSKY and MAÏA de la BAUME [ NY TIMES ]
PARIS — French police on Friday killed the two brothers suspected of massacring 12 people at a Paris newspaper on Wednesday and freed a hostage they had been holding unharmed, the authorities said. The police launched a simultaneous raid on a kosher supermarket in Paris where an alleged associate of the brothers was holding an unnamed number of hostages. That hostage taker was also killed, according to a senior French police official, and at least five hostages were freed.
Shortly after 5 p.m., explosions and gunfire were heard at a printing plant in Dammartin-en-Goële, outside of Paris, where the two brothers were holding a single hostage.
Rocco Contento, spokesman for the Unité S.G.P. police union in Paris, said that the assault had unfolded rapidly and confirmed that the two brothers, Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, had been killed.
“The operation in Dammartin is finished. The two suspects have been killed and the hostage has been freed,” Mr. Contento said. “The special counter-terrorism forces located where the terrorists are and broke down the door. They took them by surprise. It lasted a matter of minutes.”
Moments later, gunfire erupted at a kosher supermarket on the eastern end of Paris where an alleged associate of the brothers, Amedy Coulibaly, was holding an unknown number of hostages. One woman was seen running from the market as heavily armed police officers moved in.
The gunman in the supermarket had threatened to kill his hostages if the brothers were attacked.