Since 12 people were killed in an attack on the offices of weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, there’s been an ongoing manhunt for those who committed the murders. Today, in two separate hostage situations, French police caught up with two of the men, Cherif and Said Kouachi, at a Parisian printing press while another individual, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, walked into a Kosher market in a Paris suburb and started shooting.
Reports are spotty but it appears that five or six have been taken hostage at the market while two have been killed. Police report that Coulibaly is connected to the other two individuals who took part in Wednesday’s attack. The area around the market has since been evacuated. France has mobilized 88,000 security forces in the manhunt.
There is a massive police presence at the Kosher deli hostage scene.
According to the Guardian, Coulibaly entered the deli at circa 13:50 GMT and started shooting.
“There was an individual – African – who had a Kalashnikov … and he immediately went into the deli and he started shooting with his Kalashnikov,” said the man, who gave his name as Fabian.
Early this morning there were also reports that Cherif and Said Kouachi, who actually took part in the Charlie Hebdo attacks, had been cornered in an industrial complex near a high school. There have also been reports that they took one hostage and multiple reports of an earlier high speed chase and gunfight.
Questions regarding the Kouachi brothers have been circulating since they were identified extremists both on US no-fly lists.
Cherif Kouachi was a known jihadist convicted in 2008 for involvement in a network sending fighters to Iraq.
Said, his brother, has been “formally identified” as the main attacker in Wednesday’s bloodbath. Both brothers were born in Paris to Algerian parents.
Police also released information regarding yesterday’s shooting of a French policewoman, asserting that Coulibaly was also responsible for her death. The below photo appears to depict both Coulibaly as well as female terrorist Hayat Boumeddiene.
The situation is ongoing.