Twelve people are reportedly dead, with others wounded, after two gunmen stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.
Early reports indicate that ten magazine staffers and two police officers who responded to the scene were among those killed.
After the assault, according to Channel 24 News in France, the “attackers fled the building and their whereabouts are currently unknown.”
The Associated Press reports:
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Tracking developments, the Guardian newspaper is offering live updates and provided this summary of events at approximately 8 AM EST:
- An unknown number of gunmen entered the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this morning and opened fire.
- So far, 12 people have been confirmed dead – 10 Charlie Hebdo staff and two police officers. Five others are seriously wounded.
- The attackers fled the scene and later hijacked a car. They have not been caught.
- The terror alert in Paris have been raised to its highest level.
- French president François Hollande said the country was in shock following what he said was a terrorist attack.
- Charlie Hebdo magazine had been the subject of violent attacks in the past, following its publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Its offices were firebombed in 2011, and recent threats had also been made against it and other media groups.
As CNN points out, the magazine has been at the center of controversy for years: