Friday, January 9, 2015

#KouachiBrothers, Accomplice And 4 Hostages Dead As French Police Storm Hostage Sites

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#KouachiBrothers reported dead in Dammartin-en-Goele! Many are breathing a sigh of relief right about now as news begins to filter out of France that the Charlie Hebdo attackers have been killed.

BBC reports that French police stormed two hostage sites in Paris and north of the city, with the hostage takers reported dead.

Brothers Cherif Kouachi (left), 32, and Said Kouachi (right), 34, both from Paris went on the run a couple of days ago after they invaded the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and killed 12 people, including two police officers, one a muslim.


Explosions were heard at a printworks warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, where two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shootings had been holding one hostage.

Explosions and gunfire could also be heard at a supermarket in eastern Paris, at Porte de Vincennes, where a gunman had held several hostages.

Reports suggest he was linked to the Charlie Hebdo suspects.

After the operation started, several hostages could be seen leaving the supermarket.

The hostage at the printworks warehouse has also been freed, while a police officer at the scene was injured, AFP news agency said.

I'm listening to the news on the radio, and the unfortunate part of this is that some of the hostages lost their lives in the security operation in the Paris kosher supermarket. The reporter says about 4 are dead while the others are getting treatment for injuries.

In the warehouse in the north of France where the Kouachi brothers were holed up, the report says that after police bombed the location, the two brothers came out of the building shooting and so the police had no option than to return fire and both were killed.

They had earlier said in hostage negotiations that they wanted to die as matyrs, I guess they got their wish.

The hostage taker in the Paris supermarket is also reported as dead. Named as Amedy Coulibaly, he was reportedly working with the brothers and killed a female police officer yesterday. He was killed by French police in a bid to release hostages at the kosher grocery store.

Unfortunately, Amedy had already killed four people while hiding out there with his girlfriend. So far there are no reports that she has been not caught. She was with Amedy in the traffic shooting that led to the death of the female police officer yesterday.

Very unfortunate set of circumstances, and we can only pray that it doesn't happen again. May those who died rest in peace.

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