Solidarity for France: “We are all Charlie”

Telegraph UK

Megan Martin, Staff Writer

French police officials identified three men as suspects in the deadly attack against the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper offices in Paris that shook the nation yesterday, Wednesday, January 7th. This recent attack has resulted in the deaths of 12 people with many more injured.

The authorities have been hunting three suspects who left the scene of the attack. They were reportedly identified by police late Wednesday as two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, and a third man, Hamyd Mourad.

The Kouachi brothers, both in their 30s, are said to be French citizens, there’s no word on the nationality of Mourad, 18.

CBS News’ Elaine Cobbe reports that, according to witnesses, “two armed and masked men walked into the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo magazine and opened fire in the entrance hallway, killing people as they saw them.”

The gunmen reportedly sought out members of the newspaper’s staff by name during the rampage through the 2nd floor office, which lasted between five and ten minutes, according to witnesses. It was France’s deadliest terrorist attack in half a century.

Shouting “Allahu akbar!” as they fired, the men also spoke fluent, unaccented French in the military-style attack on Charlie Hebdo.

The publication’s depictions of Islam have drawn condemnation and threats before, it was firebombed in 2011, although it also satirized other religions and political figures.

Speaking to reporters at the scene of yesterday’s attack, President Francois Hollande said this was a “terrorist operation” in which journalists were “cowardly assassinated.” “France today faced a shock,” Hollande said, “Today I’m thinking about the victims.”

Many in France gathered in the streets Wednesday evening, holding up signs reading ‘Je Suis Charlie’ meaning ‘I Am Charlie’ in a show of respect toward those slain and defiance toward the attackers.

“There is a feeling of togetherness,” says Eleanor Beardsley, who visited a large vigil at the Place de la République. “Everyone out there was chanting, ‘We are all Charlie.’”

See the following for a CNN video with ongoing coverage:

The Guardian provides ongoing coverage as the story unfolds Wednesday and Thursday: