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RECAP: Gunmen 'coordinated' attacks
Hostages are rushed away from the scene of the Kosher store in the east of Paris. Four died in the siege. Photo: AFP

RECAP: Gunmen 'coordinated' attacks

The Local · 9 Jan 2015, 18:33

Published: 09 Jan 2015 18:33 GMT+01:00

Key events of the day: 

  • Wanted Kouachi brothers killed in police raid at printing works in Dammartin
  • Accomplice Amedy Coulibaly killed after taking hostages at Jewish grocery store
  • At least four hostages reportedly killed at the store

21:27 – We will shortly close this live blog.

For a summary of today’s tragic events, please click here

21:25 Iranian president denounces terrorism

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has denounced"terrorism" and violence committed in the name of Islam, after the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

"Those who kill and carry out violent and extremist acts unjustly in thename of jihad, religion or Islam provoke Islamophobia whether they wish it or not," said Rouhani.

Imam Ahmad Khatami, the key leader of Friday prayers, reiterated that viewin his weekly sermon.

"Islam does not allow the killing of innocents, be it in Paris, Syria,Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan or Afghanistan," he said, adding he "vigorously condemns" the Paris carnage.

21:05 - Montpellier robbery not linked to twin sieges

Just to clarify that the hostage taking at a jewellers Montpellier tonight is a robbery, authorities say, and nothing to do with sieges in and around Paris today.

21:00 - Photos of Coulibaly's 'weapon holiday' with partner

Le Monde has published a series of photos of the Kosher store gunman, Coulibaly and his partner during a 2010 holiday in Cantal, in central France, showing both of them using a crossbow.

 

 

 

21:00 -  Netanyahu wants security at French Jewish sites

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked France Friday to maintain tight security on Jewish sites after a series of incidents that included hostages being killed at a kosher store in Paris.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu asked the president of France to keep up the increased security on Jewish institutions even after things return to normal," Israeli government sources told AFP following a telephone conversation between Netanyahu and Francois Hollande.

"Our hearts are with the families of the victims. Israel offers you any help that France may need," the sources quoted Netanyahu as saying.

20:52 - "They take Charlie, I'll take the police"

Here's a summary from AFP on how the gunman at the Kosher supermarket claims to have coordinated with the Kouachi brothers.

The gunman killed by police on Friday after taking hostages at a Jewish supermarket in Paris told BFMTV station he had "co-ordinated" with the suspected Charlie Hebdo attackers and belonged to the
Islamic State group.

The French channel managed to speak to Amedy Coulibaly, as well as to one of the two Kouachi brothers suspected behind Wednesday's magazine massacre, before all three were killed in police raids ending two hostage dramas.

Cherif Kouachi, the younger sibling, said that a trip he made to Yemen in 2011 was financed by American-Yemeni radical Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in Yemen by an American drone strike in September that year.

While holed up with a hostage at a print works in the tiny town of Dammartin-en-Goele northeast of Paris, Kouachi told BFMTV that they were on a mission from the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda, AQAP.

Shortly after the Wednesday killing at Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead, the brothers hijacked a car telling the driver: "Say we are from Al Qaeda in Yemen." The pair were killed when police stormed the building in
Dammartin-en-Goele, freeing the hostage.

Meanwhile some 30 kilometres (18 miles) away in eastern Paris, Coulibaly, who took a number of hostages at a Jewish supermarket, contacted BFM to say he had "coordinated" his actions with the Kouachi brothers.

"They took Charlie Hebdo, me the police" he said.

Coulibaly was killed in a police raid to end the siege in Paris, during which four hostages were killed.

He was wanted for the killing Thursday of a young policewoman south of Paris.

20:35 – World leaders to join France’s ‘March of Unity’ on Sunday

In light of this week’s terrorist attacks in France, of which Wednesday’s massacre at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters was the deadliest, several European heads of states have announced their participation.

Aside from the French president himself, here are some of the leaders that will take part in the march:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Finish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb. 

20:27 – Kouachi: 'We’re financed by Al Qaeda in Yemen'

When speaking to BFMTV’s reporter over the phone this morning, Cherif Kouachi told him: “we’re financed by al Qaeda Yemen.”

20:23 Kosher store gunman ‘killed hostages before police assault’

BFMTV, who was reportedly in touch with Amedy Coulibaly at 3pm - long before the police assault this evening - says the gunman told its reporter that he had “four dead” in the supermarket at 3pm. If this is confirmed by police, it means none of the dead hostages were killed during the assault.

When Coulibaly stormed the store at around 1pm this afternoon, witnesses spoke of two rounds of gunshots of about five minutes apart, with two shots ringing out each time.

20:13 - Hollande - "We will not buckle"

The president said that “we’re capable of responding to attacks with force, but also solidarity. We’re a free people, who don’t buckle under pressure, who are not afraid, because we defend an ideal that is bigger than ourselves.”

20:06 - Killers have "nothing to do with Muslim religion"

Clearly in a message to those who have been taking out their anger by attacking Muslim targets in France in recent days Hollande said 'these fanatics have nothing to do with Muslim religion'

20:04 – Hollande: ‘France remains a target’

During a press conference broadcast from the Elysée Palance President Hollande called Friday’s hostage-takings “a tragedy for the nation”, but said he was very proud of the security forces that took part in the assault operations. 
 
“I hail their courage, bravery and efficiency.”
The president warned however that “France isn’t done with the threats of which it is a target. I call on you to stay vigiland, united and to mobilise.”

19:55 - Hollande denounces "appalling anti-Semitic attack"

The French president has been speaking to the nation on live TV. He expressed solidarity with families of victims and and those injured . He said he was proud of the "courageous and efficient" security forces who took part in the two raids.

He denounced the "anti-Semitic" attack at the Kosher supermarket, which was he described as "appalling".

19:48 - More on the conversations between the gunmen and French TV

French broadcaster BFMTV has revealed it spoke to one of the Kouachi brothers this morning, as well as the Kosher store gunman this afternoon, thereby getting the information that the assailants were working together, citing Coulibaly saying; “them on Charlie, me on the police”, meaning the Kouachi brothers would target the magazine and he would target the police.
 
The TV station said it reached the brothers after the crisis began this morning. Reporters were trying to reach witnesses at the print firm by phone when one of the attackers picked up.
It is not immediately clear how the broadcaster reached Coulibaly, at around 3pm this afternoon.
 
Amedy Coulibaly said he was a member of the Islamic State group.
 
Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers who carried out the Wednesday magazine massacre before taking a person hostage on Friday, meanwhile told BFMTV they had been financed by Al-Qaeda in Yemen. They were also both killed in a police assault.
 
19:44 - 'Mystery body' at Kosher supermarket

According to reports from various sources there was potential second gunman at the Kosher supermarket. There is a body that police have not been able to identify, that may be an accomplice of Almedy Coulibaly.

Police released a mugshot of Coulibaly's partner Hayat Boumeddiene earlier in the day. She was implicated in the shooting of the policewoman on Thursday, but was not at the store on Thursday. Police are still trying to track her down, we believe.

19:37  - Gunmen talked to French TV 

BFM TV have said they were in contact with the Kouachi brothers and the gunman at the Kosher store today.

The Charlie Hebdo gunman told BFM TV he was sent and financed by Al Qaeda. The Paris supermarket gunman Almedy Coulibaly told French TV he was member of Islamic State group. He also said  'coordinated' with Charlie Hebdo gunmen.

We'll have more to follow on this

 
19:29 - More on the "hostage" at Dammartin

Here's a smmary from AFP on the incredible story of the worker who hid from the Kouachi brothers all day:

A 26-year-old man taken hostage Friday by the two gunmen who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre gave them the slip as commandos launched an assault that killed the Islamist brothers, a security source said.

The man, whom he did not name, emerged "safe and sound" from the printing firm in the village of Dammartin-en-Goele, just northeast of Paris, where the
gunmen had holed up, the official told AFP.

He had escaped from them inside the building and locked himself in a room, just as they were heading outside with their automatic assault rifles in hand.

19:19 - Place de la Republique in Paris holds another vigil on Friday

Place de la Repubique in Paris is filling up once again tonight with members of the public wanting to pay their respects and show solidarity and resistance as they have done for the last two nights.

19:13 - #JesuisCharlie is one most used hashtags in history on Twitter

This video shows the activity on Twitter using the hashtag #JesuisCharlie since the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday morning.

19:05 - Latest summary of the two double hostage drama in France today

Here's a summary from AFP:

Elite French police stormed a printworks and a Jewish supermarket Friday, killing two brothers wanted for the Charlie Hebdo attack and a gunman linked to them in a dramatic end to twin sieges that
rocked France.

As shots and explosions rang out in the City of Light, five people, including the gunman, were found dead in the aftermath of the assault on the Jewish store in eastern Paris and several captives were freed, security
sources said.

A further four people were in critical condition after the raid, as ambulances raced to the scene, joining a jam of police vans, other emergency vehicles and helicopters buzzing overhead.

"It's war!" screamed a mother as she dragged her daughter from the scene.

An AFP reporter saw at least one body lying at the scene, where the sliding glass door of the shop was completely shattered.

The dramatic climax to the two standoffs brought to an end more than 48 hours of fear and uncertainty that began when the two brothers slaughtered 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the bloodiest attack on French soil in half a century.

The weekly had lampooned jihadists and repeatedly published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which angered many Muslims.

A woman living in an apartment two storeys above the supermarket, Virginie Handani, 35, said she heard "two big bangs and gunfire that lasted around a minute" when the assault started.

President Francois Hollande was to address the nation before 1900 GMT.

19:00 - More footage of the police assault on the Kosher store 

This is appears to have been taken by amateur cameraman living near scene of the siege at the Porte de Vincennes.

18:57 - Footage of the police assault on store


Les images de l'assaut Porte de Vincennes par BFMTV

18:51 - Hostages hid in cold room of store

Stories are emerging about the hostages, or indeed the shoppers caught up in the siege at the Kosher store. Le Parisien newspaper claimed several people, whose number included a new born baby, hid in the cold room at the "Hyper Cacher" store.

18:49 – Dammartin ‘hostage’ helped police while in hiding
BFMTV says the ‘hostage’  at the printing works that the Kouachi brothers didn’t actually know they had, spent the day helping police in mapping out the movements of the suspects inside the warehouse, presumably by phone.
 
The man apparently went undetected by the brothers by hiding in a paper box the whole day.
18:45 - Cameron, Merkel and other European leaders to attend Sunday's rally

EU president Donald Tusk will join a mass rally on Sunday in Paris to show solidarity after the terror attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and a kosher supermarket, his spokesman told AFP Friday.

"President Tusk received a call from President Hollande and he will go to Paris to take part in the march," spokesman Preben Aamann said. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and British premier David Cameron have also said they will attend.

18:42  - Rumours of escaped second gunman at Paris store

There are now reports from the scene at the Paris store that there was a second gunman, he was male and he has escaped the scene. This is unconfirmed. And given the amount of police who were on the scene and had cordoned off the area, it appears unlikely that anyone could have escaped the scene.

18:38 – Wanted woman ‘was not at Paris Kosher store’
 
Citing sources, Le Monde says the woman wanted by police for questioning in connection with Thursday’s shooting in Montrouge, “was not present at Vincennes” with the gunman, Amedy Coulibaly.
The woman was Coulibaly’s life partner.  
18:30 – Interior minister: ‘Immense sadness’ over killed hostages
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters near the Paris supermarket that “I feel immense sadness for those who lost their lives,” adding he had an enormous respect for the police officers involved in the operation. "They showed competence and kept a cool head,” he said
18:26 - What brought about the end of the two sieges?

Confusing reports about what precipitated the end of the two sieges. Watching live images it appeared they were coordinated by police, which is expected given that gunman Almedy Coulibaly had threatened to kill hostages at the Jewish store if he found out police had stormed the printing works in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële, where his accomplices Said and CHerif Kouachi were holed up.

There are also reports the the Kouachi brothers came out firing which prompted the end of the siege and forced police to storm the Kosher store.

There appears anyway to be a delay at least between the two police assaults.

18:25 - Latest on hostages killed at Kosher supermarket

Five people were killed, including the gunman, and four were left critically wounded after a hostage drama in eastern Paris ended with a police assault on Friday.

Gunfire erupted as police stormed the Jewish store, where at least one armed assailant had seized hostages in Porte de Vincennes on the edge of the city. It was not immediately clear if the casualties occurred during the assault or earlier in the siege, nor whether a second hostage-taker was among the dead.

18:22  - Did the Kouachi brothers know they had a hostage?

BFMTV reports that the Kouachi brothers weren’t aware that there was a person in the same warehouse they were holed up and whom police thought was being held hostage. The 26-year-old male reportedly managed to keep himself hidden in a paper box the whole time. The suspects entered the premises this morning. 
 
18:16 - Death toll over all reaches 20

In all it appears the last few days have seen 20 people killed over all:

There were 12 victims at Charlie Hebdo, including two police officers and a policewoman in Montrouge on Thursday morning to the south of Paris.

There are reports that at least four hostages were killed at the Jewish store on Friday and then three gunmen themselves - Cherif and Said Kouachi, who were killed by police at Dammartin-en-Goële and then Almedy Coulibaly, the gunman who stormed the supermarket at the Porte de Vincennes.

18:14 - Four critically injured in supermarket hostage drama

Reports now say four people are critically injured after gunman stormed the Jewish supermarket in Paris. It's not clear if these are all hostages or perhaps police officers too.

18:03 - 'Five dead' including gunman at Kosher store

AFP have just sent out an alert saying the gunman along with four others have been killed at the Kosher store.

Police are reportedly searching the building as they believe it may be booby-trapped.

17:59 - Hostages killed at Kosher store

Some confusion around the hostages killed at the Kosher store. Reports earlier this afternoon said two were killed when the gunman stormed the building. There are now reports that four have been killed. It's not clear whether they were killed during the police assault to free them or when the gunman stormed the building.

Most reports now saying three killed when the gunman opened fire at the store at around 1pm this afternoon

17:56  - BREAKING - Hostages reportedly killed

Sky News are reporting that at least four hostages are dead according to "police sources". 

17:53 - Another images from the scene shows hostages being raced from the Kosher store. One of them was carried by an officer.

17:48 - More images of the assault on the Jewish grocers

17:46 – A suspected Paris 'gunman accomplice' also killed in assault
 
BFMTV reports that a second person, believed to have been an accomplice of the Kosher gunman, was killed in the police assault at Porte de Vincennes, in southeastern Paris.
 
It's not confirmed whether it was his partner Hayat Boumeddiene, 32 who had been implicated in the shooting of the policewoman on Thursday.
17:44 - Image from the scene at the Kosher store

17:41 - 'Four police injured'

Police sources have told Le Parisien that four officers have been injured. It's not certain whether that's in total or at the operation in Paris.

17:38 – Charlie Hebdo suspects fired at police
 
AFP reports that the assault in Dammartin-en-Goële was launched when the two Charlie Hebdo suspects came out firing at police.
 
The two Charlie Hebdo massacre suspects came out shooting before being killed Friday by security forces storming the building northeast of Paris where they were holed up with
a hostage.
 
Police launched an assault on the small printing firm in Dammartin-en-Goele. One police officer was injured.
 
17:36 - Image of hostages fleeing Kosher store

17:34 - All gunmen dead

Police launched dual operations simultaneously in Dammartin and in Paris at theKosher store. Both operations appear to have been concluded with the daeth of the hostage takers - the Kouachi brothers in Dammartin and Amedi Coulibaly in Paris.

17:33 – 'Officer injured' in Dammartin assault
 
BFMTV reports that one commando officer has been injured in the Dammartin-en-Goële assault where the two Kouachi brothers were killed.
 
17:32 - Live images from the scene

17:28 -the scene at the kosher store in Paris

17:26 - Several hostages freed from Kosher store

Our reporter says an ambulance has just rushed away from the scene where the hostages were taken to after being freed. 

17:25 - Gunman at Kosher store also killed by police - sources say

17:22: The hostage at Dammartin-en-Goële has been freed safe and sound

17:20 BREAKING - Charlie Hebdo gunmen killed by police - various sources

17:19 - People seen running from the Kosher store

AFP says people seen running from store. Our reporter says she saw from a far people being taken to a cafe that is apparently being used as a makeshift hospital.

17:14 - BREAKING - explosions at the scene of hostage taking in Vincennes

Our reporter Priscillia Charles at the scene said: "We heard three to four explosions, then  there was gunfire and then it went quiet. It lasted a few seconds, maybe less than 30 seconds."

17:10 - Helicopter lands near near scene of explosions
 
A helicopter has landed near where the detonations took place, possibly indicating there are people injured.
 
17:08 – ‘Minutes of detonations’
The string of detonations in Dammartin lasted for between five to six minutes, reporters at the scene say.
 
17:00 - Explosions and gunfire at Dammartin

It appears an operation may be underway or indeed have already taken place at Dammartin-en-Goële where the Kouachi brothers are holed up.

AFP sources say there is an operation underway. What we have heard so far is gunfire and explosions. Images show smoke coming from the scene. It's not clear whether this is just an preliminary operation aimed at freeing the hostage or the stand off is coming to a dramatic end.

17:00 - BREAKING - gunshots and explosions at Dammartin

16:55 – Anonymous to 'shut down' jihadi websites
The Telegraph reports that hacker group Anonymous plans to avenge the Charlie Hebdo attack by shutting down jihadi websites.
16:53 - More on background of Amedi Coulibaly

An old 2009 article from Le Parisien is doing the rounds on Twitter that appears to feature Amedi Coulibaly, the man believed to have taken the hostages at the Kosher store.

In the piece Coulibaly and a group of young people are preparing to meet President Sarkozy.

"I don't know what I'll say to him.Perhaps he can help me get a job."

16:48 - Porte de Vincennes police presence

This gives an idea of the number of police vans and indeed officers on the scene near the hostage taking at the Kosher supermarket.

Our reporter at the scene Priscillia Charles, said things are relatively calm compared  to a couple of hours ago when hundreds of police rushed to the area.

We are hearing police are going door to door around the homes and shops making sure people leave the area.

16:35 - Schools evacuated, others in lockdown 

Certain schools around the Porte de Vincennes have been evacuated including the Académie de Paris. But those within the security perimeter are apparently still in lockdown.

Our reporter at the scene Priscillia Charles said she saw parents coming to school to pick up their children under police protection and were ushered away from the scene.

This tweet from a parent includes an email to him from the school to say no one would be coming or going, but that the children were safe and were "playing and working as normal."

16:32 – Paris suspect 'threatens to kill hostages' over Kouachi brothers

AP reports that the gunman who has taken at least five people hostage in a supermarket in southeastern Paris has threatened to kill his hostages if police storm the place in  where the two Charlie Hebdo suspects are currently holed up. Since this morning, they hold one person hostage in Dammartin-en-Goële, northeast of Paris.

16:27 - Shops around Jewish store evacuated

This image shows shoppers and staff members from stores near to the Kosher store at the centre of a hostage crisis being raced away from the scene by police.

Apparently shoppers and staff hid in the basement of the neighbouring stores when they heard shots being fired at around 1pm.

16:23 - Hostage suspect met Sarkozy in 2009

16:19 - Italian town 'bans new mosques' after Paris attacks

“The mayor of Padua has said that no more permits will be granted for the construction of mosques in the northern Italian city in the wake of the shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo.”
 
16:12 – Public transport in Paris partially disrupted
 
The RATP, the operator of Paris’s public transport, has partially cancelled traffic on the line 1 metro and tramway 3, both leading to Vincennes, as a security measure. The Peripherique ring road has also been partially closed around Vincennes.
 
16:09 - Latest from Dammartin-en-Goële

We've just spoken to our freelance reporter who is up at the village of Dammartin-en-Goële where the wanted Kouachi brothers are said to be holding one person hostage in the offices of a printing company.

He reported that there's been little change in the situation over the last few hours.

"It's pretty quiet. I'm relatively close to the building where the suspects are said to be and we can see police snipers occasionally race across the roof of the building. Obviously there's a huge police presence. All the children from the local schools have been bused out of the area.

"Some of them had leaned out of a window and chanted "Charlie", "Charlie"."

In terms of the situation there, we are hearing that no negotiations are currently underway there between police and the suspects.

16:03 – France "was warned about imminent attacks"
 
According to Sky News, Algerian intelligence services warned France of imminent attacks on Tuesday January 6, the day before the shooting at Charlie Hebdo. We can expect to hear much more about this if it turns out to be true.
 
16:02 – Israel concerned about France attacks
 
Following the string of attacks that France has seen in recent days, and especially the latest hostage crisis in a Kosher supermarket in Paris, Israel is “concerned” over a “terror offensive” in France. 
 
15:56 - Summary of events on Friday

  - Shots are fired during a car chase on the National 2 highway northeast of Paris with two suspects who might be the Kouachi brothers, a police source says.

- The men hijack a car from a woman who says she recognised them as Cherif and Said Kouachi, according to police.

- One person is taken hostage at a printing business near Charles de Gaulle airport, and police swarm the industrial park where it is located. Army and police helicopters swoop down on the site.

- Schools near the building are evacuated, and the interior ministry says that police are trying to "establish contact" with the massacre suspects.

- At least two people are killed and five others taken hostage after a shoot-out at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris involving a man who police said might be linked to the policewoman's murder.

- Schools near the scene hard by the city's ring road are locked down.

15:50 - More on the link between the three hostage takers

A gunman holding hostages in a Paris kosher supermarket on Friday knew at least one of the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo
massacre, a source told AFP.

Amedy Coulibaly, 32, wanted over the killing of a policewoman on Thursday, is thought to be the man holed up with hostages in the grocery store at the Porte  de Vincennes in eastern Paris.

At least two people have been killed in the stand-off, a source told AFP.

Coulibaly is believed to have links to Cherif Kouachi, also 32, one of the two men suspected of carrying out the Charlie Hebdo magazine massacre on Wednesday that killed 12.

Kouachi and Coulibaly were seen together in 2010 while visiting another jihadist Djamel Beghal, mastermind of a failed prison break-out plot.

Coulibaly was convicted for his part in the planned break and was well-known to anti-terrorist police. Charges against Kouachi were dropped in the case.

The man they were trying to break out was Algerian Islamist Smain Ait Ali Belkacem, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002 for a bombing at the Musee d'Orsay metro station in Paris in October 1995 that left around 30 injured.

Police released a mugshot of Coulibaly and his wife Hayat Boumeddiene, 32.

15:46 - Jewish store hostage taker 'makes demand'

According to reports Amedy Coulibaly, the reported hostage taker at the Kosher store has demanded the release of  the Kouachi brothers who still holding a man hostage in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële.

15 :44 – False alert in Trocadéro triggered by rumour

Le Figaro says the false alarm was triggered by a rumour suggesting an armed man was in the metro.

15:42 – Schools near Paris hostage crisis on lock-down

All schools near the hostage drama in southeast Paris are on lock-down, according to the education ministry.

15:31 - Witness of Kosher store shooting:

"The people were just doing their shopping. A man entered with an shot gun and began shooting everywhere. Two seconds later I managed to get away but the shots continued to be fired," one witness told Europe1 radio. 

15:28 - Jewish stores in Marais asked to close up as a precaution

Paris police have asked Jewish stores in the historic Marais area of Paris to close up as a precaution following the incident at a Jewish store in the east of the city. Jewish stores would normally close early on a Friday, given that  the Sabbath starts on a Friday evening. But we are also hearing that Jewish stores across the city are closing up as a precaution.

15:21 - Interior Ministry says "no deaths at the Kosher supermarket"

Still confusion over whether two people have died this morning at the Jewish grocery store in Paris. According to France 24 The interior ministry are now saying no one has died in the incident.

However most other sites are still saying  that two have died.

We are also hearing that witnesses of the shooting who may have been trapped close to the scene have been able to escape.

15:20  - Incident at TROCADERO has been confirmed as a false alarm

15:15 - BREAKING  - Witnesses/hostages escaped from Jewish grocery store:

According to L'Express hostages at the Kosher supermarket may have escaped and are being led away by police. These are unconfirmed reports.

15:14 BREAKING: According to several media, the Trocadéro, near Champs Elysées in central Paris has been evacuated.

15:01 - Some reaction on Twitter

14:55 - Ambulances seen leaving the scene of the shooting at Porte De Vincennes in Paris.

14:44 - Mugshots released of pair believed to be behind Kosher store shooting

14:37 – Baby among hostages

According to Le Point two women, two men and a baby are among the hostages at the Hyper Casher supermarket in southeastern Paris.
 
14:35 - Two wanted for Kosher hostage crisis

Reports now say police are hunting two people in connection with the hostage taking at the Kosher store, including one woman

They are said to be Amedy Coulibaly and his partner Hayat Boumeddiene. 

Although it is not clear whether Hayat Boumeddiene is involved in the hostage crisis or just wanted in connection to it.

14:23 BREAKING - reports of two people dead in new Paris shooting

The suspect involved in the hostage crisis in south eastern Paris is reportedly armed with two Kalashnikov automatic rifles. More than news agency, including AFP, are reporting that there are two fatalities at the Kosher grocery store in Paris today.
 
14:15 - More images from the scene at Vincennes

This is the Kosher store where five people are said to be being held hostage.

In this pic, you can make out the Kosher store to the left of the garage where a gunman has reportedly taken five hostages.

14:07  - A summary of what has happened in Paris today from AFP

At least one person was injured when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris on Friday and took at least five people hostage, sources told AFP.

The attacker was suspected of being the same gunman who killed a policewoman in a shooting in Montrouge in southern Paris on Thursday.

A police source told AFP the suspect was linked to two  brothers who massacred 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

Sources close to the investigation said shooting had erupted at Porte de Vincennes in the east of Paris on Friday afternoon.

"It is the Montrouge shooter," said one of the sources, adding at least one person was reported injured.

A helicopter hovered above as police swarmed to the area, asking people to remain at home.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve was on his way to the scene.

14:05 –Paris supermarket ‘surrounded’
 
Antoine Bonnetier, an eye witness who lives across from the supermarket in southeast Paris that is currently the target of a hostage crisis, told broadcaster BFM TV on live television that police have surrounded the supermarket.
 
He says there seems to be no movement inside the supermarket, “but I can see the police moving slowly”.
 
13:56 - Reports of five hostages in Kosher grocery store

BFM TV and AFP are reporting that women and children are among five hostages that have been taken at Kosher grocery store at Porte de Vincennes, to the east of Paris. The area is currently being evacuated by armed police. 

Unconfirmed reports say one person has been injured and some members of staff may be trapped in the basement of the store.

Just to repeat, the gunman in this latest incident is believed to be the man who shot and killed police woman yesterday morning.

French broadcaster INFO M6 says the gunman plotted to attack a TV station.

13:52 - Images from the Porte de Vincennes incident

Hostages have reportedly been taken at a Kosher store on Avenue de le Porte de Vincennes.

13:49 - May be more than one hostage in latest Paris incident

In reference to the lastest shooting in the Porte de Vincennes area of eastern Paris, sources within the interior ministry told Le Monde that the armed man is “likely” to be holding several hostages. 

13:43 - BREAKING - 'One person injured after shooting in eastern Paris'

13:35 - BREAKING - New shooting linked to second Paris gunman

Various reports say a new shooting and hostage taking in the south east of Paris today is linked to a man named as Amedy C. who is believed to be the gunman who shot and killed trainee police officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe in Montrouge yesterday.

We are hearing reports that one person is injured, though that is unconfirmed.

An armed man had taken a hostage at a kosher grocery store, a source told AFP.

13:33 - BREAKING - Shooting in Porte de Vincennes today

French Raquel Garrido, an MP, tweets that “police in bullet proof wests are evacuating everyone. Operation under way.”

13:30  - BREAKING - reports of another shooting in Paris

AFP are reporting that there has been another shooting in Paris at 1pm today at Porte de Vincennes today.

A man has reportedly taken a hostage after a shooting in a Jewish grocery store.

More to follow

13:27 - "We feel safe, there's so many police"

Michel Carn, local resident who lives just across the road from the industrial zone, has told The Local:

"I feel quite safe and reassured because of all the police forces in the neighborhood."
 
"I felt a bit concerned at first because my son works in a company that is located just across the road from CTD. I contacted him when I heard the news and he told me he was safe and that the police were on his company's building roof so he is quite relaxed."
 
13:15 - Police trying to make contact with suspects

The interior ministry has just said the police are currently trying to establish contact with the two suspects, presumed to be the Kouachi brothers, who are holed up in a building, surrounded by police.

Earlier reports claimed negotiations were underway with the brothers and that they had told police they are "prepared to died as martyrs".

It's unclear how much contact the police have had with the two men or whether any kind of negotiations to free the hostage have taken place.

13:05 – Conflicting reports about hostage’s gender

Initial reports suggested the hostage held by the Kuachi brothers was female, but new reports say the hostage is in fact a 26-year-old man who was taken into the print works at gun point.
 
The Local mayor of Dammartin has been speaking on the radio and said the printing company named CTD Création Tendance Decouverte, would have a maximum of seven employees, with around four in the building at one one time.
 
During the deadly Charlie Hebdo rampage on Wednesday the suspects are reported to have told one of the female staff that they "don’t kill women". Despite this, a woman was among the 12 victims slain in the attack on the satirical paper.
 
12:54 – Montrouge suspect a ‘known associate‘ of Cherif Kouachi
 
The man behind the second shooting in Montrouge, to the south of Paris on THursday is reportedly a known assiciate" of Cherif Kouachi.
 
There has been speculation that he was part of the Buttes Chaumont network that Kouachi was part of. This has not been confirmed. Although sources have told Reuters this morning that the man was indeed a member of the same Jihadist group from the North East of Paris.
 
The Latest reports say that two members of the gunman's family have been arrested.
 
The suspect opened fire on a policewoman in the southern Paris of Montrouge on Thursday. The trainee officer later died of her wounds.  
 
12:51 - Hollande says France can resist ‘any ordeal’

Here's more from what President Hollande said earlier:

“France is a state. It’s a force, that’s a guarantee. A state with civil servants who act in the name of the general interests… We can see today how useful they are; police, rural military police, judges… who allow for citizens to find protection, response, and be rescued.”
 
12:45 - Phone contact has been made

The interior minister has said that phone contact has been made with the Kouachi brothers. 

12:43 - More pics from the scene

12:40 - 'I shook the hand of a terrorist'

Here's more from the witness who came across the Kouachi brothers this morning from AFP.

For Didier the salesman, a humdrum meeting with a client at a printing business outside of Paris on Friday turned into a

run-in with France's most wanted men as he "shook hands" with one of the magazine massacre suspects. 

"When I arrived my client came out with an armed man who said he was from the police. My client told me to leave so I left," Didier said, identifying the man he was to meet with as Michel.

"I was in front of the door. I shook Michel's hand and I shook the hand of one of the terrorists."

He said the black-clad man who was wearing a bullet-proof vest and carrying what looked like a Kalashnikov rifle told him: "'Leave, we don't kill civilians anyhow'. That really struck me, so I decided to call the police. I guess it was one of the terrorists."

Didier said Michel had closed the door behind him.

The salesman told the radio station he had not recognised the man.

"It could have been a policeman if he hadn't told me 'we don't kill civilians'. They were heavily armed like elite police."

"I didn't know it was a hostage situation, or a robbery. I just knew something wasn't quite right," said Didier.

"I think I am going to go and see my colleagues and play the lottery because I was very lucky this morning."

12:37 - 'War against terrorism not religion'

Here's more from France's PM Manuel Valls said earlier:

"We are in a war against terrorism. We are not in a war against religion, against a civilization," Valls said.

The country has been left reeling after the massacre on Wednesday of 12 people at a satirical weekly magazine by two brothers shouting Islamist slogans.

And as a dramatic manhunt saw police corner the suspects in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele north of Paris, Valls said it would "certainly be necessary to take new measures" to response to extremist threats.

He said that current policies had resulted in five attacks being foiled since August 2013.

"We knew we could be hit," he said, adding he had no doubt the French would emerge stronger from the incident.

"What are terrorists looking for? To create fear, to pit the French against each other -- and we must be stronger than that."

12:34 - Aerial shot of Dammartin-en-Goële

This pic from Google earth shows the village of Dammartin-en-Goële and the industrial zone to the top right where the Kouachi brothers are said to be holed up.

12:31  - Cartoonists fight back after Charlie Hebdo murders

The Local's Paul O'Mahony has put together this gallery of some of the best cartoons that have been created in the days after the massacre at Charlie Hebdo.

CLICK HERE to see the gallery of the ones we have picked out

12:27 ‘No panic, police moving cautiously’

Sky news reports from the scene that the atmosphere seems focused and calm, where police are moving “very, very slowly, taking it careful”. 
 
12:26 - 'Sniper on the roof'

THis image from AFP appears to show what a police gunman on the roof of  the building near to where the hostage situation is underway.

12:22 - BREAKING - Police link two Paris shootings

According to AFP, Police are now officially linking the two shootings in Paris this week. THat's the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 dead on Wednesday and the killing of a policewman in Montrouge on THursday.

There has been speculation that the gunman behind Thurday's shooting was linked to the same Buttes Chaumont network that the Kouachi brothers were part of. Although this has not been confirmed.

12:16 - More on the evacuation of schools

Here's what a spokesperson from the Town Hall at Dammartin told us about schools being evacuated:

Audrey Taupenas, Press Officer at the Dammartin-en-Goëlle Town Hall: 

"For now, citizens are advised to stay at home.

"Local school are evacuated by buses by the gendarmerie.
 
"The Henry Dunant kindergarden and primary school will be the first one to be evacuated since it's the closest one to the hostage taking.
 
Will follow the Middle school "College d'Europe" and finally the Dammartin Lycée."

12:12 - More tweets from the scene at Dammartin

12:10  Hollande in key minister meeting

Le Monde also says French President François Hollande is currently in a meeting with Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Prime Minister Manuel Valls
 
12:07 – Targeted company a family business
 
Le Monde reports that the CTD (Création Tendance Decouverte) printing firm consists of five employees: The owner, his wife, their son, a graphic designer and a salesperson. 
 
12:07 - Schools now being evacuated

We have just spoken to the Town Hall in Dammartin, where a spokesperson telling us that police are currently evacuating the schools. They are starting with a nursery and a primary school which are the closest to the industrial area where the suspects have taken a hostage and are surrounded by police.

12:04 - Residents told to stay home

Here's a screengrab from the Town Hall website of the village Dammartin-en-Goële.

12:00 - More images from the scene this morning:

France 24 Observers have been sent pictures from someone living in Dammartin-en-Goële.

11:55 - Aerial map of the scene of the hostage crisis

THis image posted by the Guardian newspaper shows an aerial view of the CTD (Création Tendance Decouverte) where the Kouachi brothers are believed to be holed up along with a female hostage.

11:51 - At least five helicopters on the scene

Reporters at the scene are saying three Puma helicopters are hovering in the air and two choppers belonging to the rural military police are on stand-by.
 
11:46 - The hostage is reportedly a woman

Reports say the one hostage being taken by the Kouachi brothers this morning is a woman.

At the Charlie Hebdo attack the terrorists are reported to have said "we don't kill women". That's despite the fact one woman was among the 12 victims of the massacre on Wedneday.

Reports also said that when the suspects stormed into the CTD printing company in Dammartin-en-Goële this morning,they shook hands with a member of staff, and told him to get out saying "we don't kill civilians".

11:43 - 'One of my colleague's friends is being held hostage'

We've just spoken to a man named Christophe, who is head of Ecopark, a parking company which is in the same industrial area as CTD, where the brothers are being holed up:
 
"A colleague called me at 8.30am to tell me that there was a hostage crisis going on at CTD.
 
"Dammartin-en-Goëlle is completely cordoned off. It's infernal.
 
"One of my colleagues' friends is apparently amongst the people who are being held hostage. He was shocked at the news and we are also all very shocked here.
 
"When you know that there is hostage taking just next to you, it's really not reassuring."
 
11:42 - Teachers trying to keep school children calm

11:38 - Suspects "prepared to die as martyrs"

This is unconfirmed but we are hearing the suspects have told French police they are "prepared to die as martyrs".

Analysts suggest the police would have expected to be told something along those lines and it may play into the hands of authorities who will want to draw the situation out as long as possible in the hope they can negotiate a peaceful end.

11:33 - Elite French forces publish photos of operation

THe GIPN  (Groupes d'intervention de la Police Nationale) unit, which is one of the elite units on the scene this morning as published photos of the operation to "neutralise" the Kouachi brothers.

 
Post by GIPN.

11:28 - Hospital staff being mobilised

Le Monde cites a hospital spokesman who says hospitals in the area have been placed on “pre-alert, in the case there are any victims. We’re in the midst of organising ourselves internally, verifying reception capacity, to transfer patients..”
 
“But at the moment we have no further information on whether there are any people injured or not”.
 
11:24 – Hollande calls on French to unify
“Operations are under way,” the president said during his press conference held at the Elyseé Palace
 
“I’ve called on the nation to remain unified. We’re a country with many different beliefs. But unity does not mean uniformity. Unity means respect for diversity.”
 
 
11:21 - All roads blocked around village

This photo has been sent in by our freelance reporter at the scene in Dammartin-en-Goële.

11:19 - School children locked inside 'we are all scared'

As we reported before children in three schools in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële have been locked inside for their own safety.

One of the children has been quoted in French media:

He said: "We have all called our parents to make sure they are ok. We've been told we have to stay inside. All the lights have been switched off. We are all scared." 

11:15 – ‘Everyone is confined’
 
Carole Morais, a town hall employee at Dammartin-en-Goële, tells Le Monde: “We’re stuck, everyone is confined… We’re following (the events) on the Internet”.

11:05 - 'Frenzy of police activity'

One of The Local's freelance reporters is on the scene at Dammartin-en-Goële and had this to say:

Story continues below…

There's a huge frenzy of police activity, with dozens of police cars and vans coming and going. The village has been completely sealed off by police, with all roads leading to Dammartin-en-Goële having been closed.

There are huge numbers of police holding assault rifles around the building where the Kouachi brothers are holed up along with their hostage.

11:03 - 'We've locked the doors'

A secretary working at a local doctor’s office near where the hostage crisis is taking place tells L’Express that her company has closed the blinds and locked the doors. “I have chills, I don’t feel safe,” she says, adding that she can hear the helicopters “just keep on hovering”.

10:54 - Summary of situation so far from AFP

Two brothers suspected of slaughtering 12 people in an unprecedented jihadist attack in France held one person hostage on Friday as police cornered the gunmen northeast of the capital.

The hostage drama unfolded at a printing business in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, only 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport, police sources said.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed that an operation was under way to "neutralise" the suspects as the massive manhunt appeared to be reaching a dramatic climax with helicopters buzzing overhead.

Prior to the standoff, the suspects had hijacked a Peugeot 206 nearby from a woman who said she recognised them as the brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, accused of killing 12 people in Wednesday's attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which repeatedly lampooned the Prophet Mohammed.

The attack was France's deadliest bloodbath in half a century.

Prosecutors told AFP there had been no casualties in the shoot-out.

10 :51 – Second shooting suspect identified

Reports claim that the suspect who on Thursday shot and killed a policewoman in the southern Parisian suburb of Montrouge has been identified and that two people close to the suspect have been brought in for questioning.
 
 
 
10:50 - Media and public told to stay away
 
Security forces are asking the public and the media to stay away from the scene where the hostages are being held, asking journalists not to film the location.
 
10:48 - Helicopters hovering over head

As many as five police helicopters are in the air over the village of Dammartin-en-Goële with specialist elite forces.

There were earlier unconfirmed reportsthat the Kouachi brothers fired on one of the helicopters.

10:35 - Around 1,500 police and elite forces being sent to the scene

Here's some images from Dammartin-en-Goële this morning, where a huge operation was underway to neutralise the suspects.

This is the building where the Kouachi brothers are believed to be holding a hostage.

10:34 - Interior Minister says operation underway

A police operation is underway to "neutralise" the two suspects in this week's massacre of 12 people in Paris at a satirical magazine, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Friday.

"An operation is underway which is set to neutralise the perpetrators of the cowardly attack carried out two days ago," he said in a televised statement.

10:31 - Flights diverted from Charles de Gaulle Airport

We are hearing that two planes heading to Charles de Gaulle have been diverted. That's probably due to the number of helicopters in the air above Dammartin-en-Goële, which is only five minutes from the main Paris airport.

10:22 - Prosecutors deny any casualties in hostage crisis

Earlier reports from French media said that two people had died and 20 were injured in an exchange of gunfire between police and the Kouachi brothers.

10:22 - Operation to 'neutralise' suspects, minister says

This is the business where the hostage situation is believed to be underway. It's a printing firm called CTD, where reports say five people are said to work.

10:18 - LIVE images from SKY TV

If you want to see images of the unfolding situation, see below.

10:14 - Schools closed in the village, children locked inside

The village of Dammartin-en-Goële is in lockdown, with children in the three schools being kept inside locked school doors for their own protection.

Varying reports on the number of casualties. We cannot confirm any officially as of yet.

In terms of the number of hostages taken, most reports say one person is being held by the two Kouachi brothers.

10:09 - Police have begun negotiations with suspects

The suspects have bee identified as the wanted Kouachi brothers. 

The latest is that one person is still being held hostage by suspects. Negotiations have begun.

10:00 - "TWO dead, 20 injured"

According to Le Parisien two people have died and 20 people have been injured following an exchange of gunfire between police and the two suspects. 

09:52 - Police swarm the area around Dammartin-en-Goële

This is where the hostage-taking is believed to have occurred this morning in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële.

Elite commando forces are on the scene as well as three helicopters over head.

09:42 - Suspects are holed up in a business in Dammartin-en-Goële

Numerous sources are now reporting that there is a hostage situation underway after the two suspects, believed to be the Kouachi brothers, entered a business in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële, to the north east of Paris.

They are believed to have taken hostages in a company called CTD (Creation Tendance Decouverte), which do comunications and design.

09:39 - Reports that hostages have been taken

Latest reports claim the two suspects being chased by police, may have taken hostages and are holed up in some kind of company offices in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële.

These are unconfirmed reports. And it is still not clear with this incident is connected to the hunt for the Charlie Hebdo suspects.

09:35 - Police involved in car chase with two suspects

We are hearing that a Police have been involved in a car chase with two suspects on the Route Nationale 2 in the SEine et Marne department after they stole a Peugeot 206 car this morning.

It is not been confirmed these are the Kouachi brothers the police have been hunting, but bearing in mind the chase as well as the shooting in the village of Dammartin-en-Goële is not far from where police were hunting the suspects yesterday, it's highly likely that it is their chief suspects for the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

09:23 - BREAKING - 'Shots fired' in Seine et Marne area east of Paris

Reports coming out this morning say shots have been fired in the village Dammartin-en-Goële, in the Seine-et-Marne department to the north east of Paris.

BFM TV say there has also been a carjacking by two suspects before being chased by police.

09:11 - "I saw horror" -survivor tells of attack

Charlie Hebdo journalist Laurent Leger, who was at Charlie Hebdo's offices at the time of the attack has been speaking of the horror he witnessed.

This is from AFP:

He said the gunman called out "Charb!" the name of editor-in-chief and cartoonist Stephane Charbonnier who was living under police protection after receiving death threats for the magazine's provocative content mocking Islam.

"And then the shooting started, the smell of gunpowder... by chance I threw myself behind the table and he didn't see me ... a few seconds, and everyone was on the ground," he said, adding the gunman had shot at random.

Leger said that as the satirical Charlie Hebdo team were "jokers", he at first thought it may be some kind of a prank.

But the reality quickly sank in as the sharp sting of gunpowder hit his nose and one by one his colleagues crumpled to the ground.

Helpless, the veteran reporter huddled tightly in his hiding place.

"I saw the others on the ground, the sound of explosions, then suddenly there was silence. A long silence." 

"I saw a lot of blood, I saw half the editorial team on the ground," he said. "I saw horror."

"I still don't know how I managed to escape."

08:30 - Counter-terrorist officers pick up search

Overnight searches by elite forces in a series of villages around 70 km to the north east of Paris have proved fruitless, with the two suspects continuing to evade detection.

Suspects Cherif Kouachi and his brother Said, remain on the run despite a huge security operation in PAris and throughout FRance, involving tens of thousands of officers.

Those elite officers picked up the search once again early on Friday in the area between Villers-Cotterêts and Soissons.

This is the same area as where the search was focussed on Thursday. It's near to where the suspects are said to have robbed a garage before dumping their getaway car.

08:25 - Muslim leaders to denounce the attack

Friday was expected to see Muslim faithful attending prayers across France after the head of the French Muslim Council called on people to gather "in dignity and silence", and urged imams to condemn "violence and terrorism".

08:20 - "Jihadists planning mass attacks against the west"

The manhunt came as the head of Britain's domestic spy agency MI5 warned that Islamist militants were planning other "mass casualty attacks against the West" and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.

Overnight developments

"Vive la France"

US President Barack Obama was the latest to sign a book of condolence in Washington with the message "Vive la France!" as thousands gathered in Paris on a day of national mourning Thursday, and the Eiffel Tower dimmed its lights to honour the dead.

One brother trained with Al-Qaeda in Yemen

One of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the deadly attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is believed to have trained with Al-Qaeda in Yemen, a US official said Thursday.

Another US official told AFP that Cherif and Said Kouachi, who are suspected of killing 12 people on Wednesday in the magazine's Paris headquarters, had been on a US terror watch list "for years."

France's Justic Minister Christiane Taubira also told CNN that one of the brothers had been to Yemen, but did not specify which one.

The brothers, who were still on the run late Thursday, were both flagged in a US database as terror suspects, and also on the no-fly list, meaning they were barred from flying into the United States.

The first official told AFP that according to French intelligence, Said Kouachi traveled to Yemen in 2011, where he received training from Al-Qaeda's affiliate there in small arms combat and marksmanship.

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