Twelve Killed in Charlie Hebdo Massacre

Posted on January 15, 2015 by

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On 6 January 2015, the French Satirical Magazine, Charlie Hebdo, was attacked. At about 11:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. EST), two armed men arrived at the Charlie Hebdo office. They made their way to the newspaper’s office and opened fire, killing eleven. At the time, the staff were in a meeting and all together.

The gunmen then vacated the building and drove off with a third suspect and exchanged fire with police three times during their getaway, killing an officer. They later stole another car to assist their escape.

According a CNN unnamed source, the gunmen said, “Allahu akbar,” which translates to “God is great.”

Parisian authorities released the names of the suspects; the two shooters were identified as Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34. The third suspect has been identified as Hamyd Mourad, 18, who turned himself in to the authorities on Wednesday, 7 January.

The magazine commonly made fun of ethnic and religious groups, and, recently, the terrorist group ISIS, although it remains unknown as to whether they had any involvement in the attack.

According to the New Yorker, “This crime should not cause anyone to second-guess Charlie Hebdo’s editorial decisions. Silence is not where the answers to an incident like this lie.”

“A hashtag called #MouradHamydInnocent is trending in France, reportedly started by classmates of 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, who say they were in class with him at the time of the attack,” BBC’s Mohamed Madi et al. said.

Those who were killed included eight journalists, two police officers, one maintenance worker, and one visitor. This is not the first time Charlie Hebdo has been violently attacked.

It remains unclear as to whether the suspects are acting for international terrorist groups.

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