THE NEW YORK TIMES
Gunmen in Paris Stage Deadly Attack on Offices of Satirical Newspaper
Emergency services evacuating a wounded man from the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday.
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By MAÏA de la BAUME and DAN BILEFSKY
JANUARY 7, 2015
PARIS — Masked gunmen opened fire in the offices of a French satirical newspaper on Wednesday, the police said, with initial reports saying that as many as 11 people had been killed and 10 wounded.
Xavier Castaing, the head of communications for the Paris police headquarters, confirmed the 11 deaths, The Associated Press reported.
The news channel France Info quoted a witness as saying he saw the episode from a building nearby in the heart of the French capital.
“About a half an hour ago, two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs,” the witness, Benoît Bringer, told the station.
A bullet hole in the window of Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris.
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“A few minutes later, we heard lots of shots,” he said, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building.
President François Hollande was headed to the scene of the shooting, in Paris’s 11th arrondissement. He said the shooting was “undoubtedly a terrorist attack” and ordered the nation’s terrorist alert status raised to the highest level.
He also said that several terrorists attacks had been thwarted in recent weeks.
The cabinet was set to meet in emergency session at 2 p.m., officials said.
The newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, has been attacked in the past for satirizing Islam and the Prophet Muhammad. Its offices were firebombed in 2011 after publishing a cartoon of the prophet on its cover promising “100 lashes if you don’t die laughing!”