How awful. Cowardly gunmen wore masks as they shot and threw grenades into the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ magazine office in Paris, France — killing 12 employees and wounding eight more, in an attempt to terrorize journalists and destroy everyone’s right to freedom of speech.
Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine based in Paris, France, has been attacked by extremists for the second time in 15 years. This time, masked gunmen stormed their offices and murdered 12 employees, injuring at least 8 others — including 4 eportedly in critical condition. This horrifying attack on the magazine comes just after they tweeted a cartoon depicting Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Charlie Hebdo Shooting: 12 Magazine Employees Murdered By Terrorists
The men were reportedly carrying machine guns and grenades, and the result of their horrifying ambush left 12 dead as of the time this article published.
UPDATE: Terrifying new details about this attack have revealed that the gunmen called out magazine employee’s by their names.
At least 8 more victims have been injured, and 4 of them are reportedly in critical condition as they are being treated for their life-threatening injuries.
UPDATE: Sadly, four of the magazine’s cartoonists, Charb, Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous, were killed during the ambush. The magazine’s Editor in Chief was also killed, as well as two Parisian police officers.
Some of the wounded have already been identified as journalists, admins, and even police officers. So sad.
UPDATE: President Obama Condemns Attack
In support of the Parisian people and government, President Barack Obama has released a powerful statement that fully condemns the actions of the gunmen who took 12 lives on Jan. 7.
I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time.
France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended.
France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers.
We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.
Gunmen On The Run After Violent Attack
The magazine, Charlie Hebdo, is known for it’s often hilarious satire. Recently, they have been the subject of multiple threats because they continue to publish cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed who is respected and honored by many Islamist extremists.
“Several men in black cagoules were heard to shout ‘the Prophet has been avenged,'” reports the Daily Mail.
At 5:28am ET on the day of the attack, Charlie Hebdo’s Twitter posted a satire comic featuring Prophet Mohammed. However, the exact time that the shooting started has not yet been confirmed.
Even more terrifying is that all of the gunmen are still on the loose. A spokesman for the SBP police union revealed that the masked murders left in two separate vehicles, and a manhunt is underway to find them.
Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families during this difficult time.
— Lauren Cox