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Gunmen have attacked French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in the heart of Paris Wednesday, with police officials reporting 11 fatalities and 10 wounded. President François Hollande called it a ‘terrorist attack’. Follow FRANCE 24’s live blog.
French President Francois Hollande spoke to the press at the scene and stated that the shooting was “undoubtedly a terrorist attack”. Hollande added that “several terrorist attacks were thwarted in recent weeks”.
The gunmen were armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher, according to sources close to the investigation.
The government raised its alert level to the highest possible in the greater Paris region.
Charlie Hebdo has drawn repeated threats for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, among other controversial sketches.
A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover.
At least 11 dead in shooting at HQ of satirical newspaper, terror alert raised to the highest level in Paris area.
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Paris shooting: at least 12 dead, manhunt underway