Friday, 9 January 2015

Photos: Several injured as #CharlieHebdo killers seize hostages & exchange fire with police

Dozens of armed police have surrounded the Charlie Hebdo killers after they seized a hostage and are now holed up on an industrial estate near a Paris airport. Al Qaeda brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi have been cornered in a village 25 miles from the capital after exchanging gunfire with police on a dramatic car chase this morning.
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Officials denied earlier reports that two people had been killed during the operation, but confirmed a hostage had been taken.Negotiations are now underway with the Islamic fanatics, who massacred 12 people at the officers of the satirical newspaper on Wednesday.As helicopters hovered overhead, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: 'A police operation is underway.' Flights into the nearby Charles de Gaulle international airport have been aborted due to its proximity to the siege, around five miles away. The suspects were holed up in a small printing business named Creating Trend Discovery, a source close to the investigation said. 'It's not sure how many people are inside,' the source said.Prior to the standoff, the suspects had hijacked a Peugeot 206 in Montagny-Sainte-Felicite from a woman who said she recognised them as the wanted men, a police source said. The two suspects spoke to officers by phone and said they wanted to die as martyrs, according to a French member of parliament for the district where a police operation is taking place.Yves Albarello, who is in the Dammartin-en-Goele area where officers are hunting for the suspects, was speaking on French channel iTele.
French special forces rush to the scene of a hostage-taking at an industrial estate in Dammartin-en-Goele, where the two Charlie Hebdo gunmen are holed up in a printing business amid firefights with police
Armed police train their weapons on a building where the the two Charlie Hebdo gunmen are holed up with a hostage as they sit in a helicopter over the village of Dammartin-en-Goele
Prior to the standoff, the suspects hijacked a Peugeot 206 in Montagny-Sainte-Felicite from a woman who recognised them as the wanted men
Siege: The gunmen are holed up in a storage unit which is surrounded by police commandos who have begun negotiations to try to secure the release of the hostages
Trapped: The brothers were cornered in the premises of a construction firm after stealing a car from a nearby town earlier 
Armed: Members of the GIPN and RAID, French police special forces, walk in Corcy, northern France, as they carry out searches as part of an investigation into a deadly attack the day before by armed gunmen on the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo
An armed police officer shouts at journalists to move way from the area after setting up a road block around the search zone
Focus: An armed French policeman aims for a shot as he patrols in Fleury, north of Paris, France, during the post-massacre investigation
The two armed suspects wanted over the  massacre were last night being pursued through woodland as a huge manhunt closed in on a forest
Special forces: Members of the GIPN walk in Corcy, northern France, carrying out searches as part of the investigation

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