The four victims of the terrifying Paris kosher market hostage situation have been identified. The victims were brutally murdered by Islamic terrorist Amedy Coulibaly, who held up the grocery store in an intense stand-off that terrorized Paris for hours.
The victims of the Jan. 9 Paris grocery store hostage situation have been named. Yohan Cohen, 22, Yoav Hattab, 21, Philippe Braham and François-Michel Saada were the four hostages who were savagely killed by Amedy Coulibaly, who is believed to be connected to the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting. In a final act of courage, one of the victims is said to have tried to grab Amedy’s gun in an attempt to save himself and the rest of the innocent civilians inside.
Grocery Store Victims Identified:
Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham and François-Michel Saada were the victims who tragically lost their lives as a result of Amedy’s reign of terror inside a Paris kosher marker on Jan. 9, the French Jewish organization Crif confirmed, according to Daily Mail.
The Islamic terrorist had been holding up the grocery store for hours when one of the victims tried a heroic move to end the madness. The victim grabbed Amedy’s gun and turned it on him to fire, but the weapon was jammed, according to an eyewitness. Amedy then shot and killed the brave victim.
The eyewitness, who was held hostage along with his son, detailed the gruesome scene after being forced to come face-to-face with the terrorist.
“At the top a man was dying in a pool of his own blood,” he said to the outlet. “The terrorist introduced himself to us. He was strangely calm. ‘I am Amedi Coulibaly, Malian and Muslim. I belong to the Islamic State,’ he told us.”
French police eventually raided the store, but it was too late for the victims. Police shot and killed Amedy during the raid. His wife, Hayat Boumeddiene, remains on the run.
On the same day, the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Cherif and Said Kouachi, held an innocent person hostage inside a printing house in northeast Paris.
The brothers had been on the run since Jan. 7. They are suspected of brutally murdering 12 people inside the Charlie Hebdo magazine headquarters and a French policeman afterwards. Cherif and Said were killed after a stand-off with police. Thankfully, the hostage survived the horrifying ordeal.
Our thoughts remain with the families of the victims during this difficult time.
— Avery Thompson