Radical Islamic attackers operated with impunity, in murderous rampage, as police and citizenry of France don’t regularly possess firearms
By Shepard Ambellas
PARIS (INTELLIHUB) — 12 people were killed, including the editor of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, by 3 masked and well-armed gunmen in a targeted attack at the offices of a popular satirical magazine on Wednesday.
According to an eyewitness named Corinne Rey, “two hooded armed men” approached the offices in a threatening manner, shooting one employee of the magazine dead at the office entrance, before making Rey enter the security code so they could gain access to the building. Rey said that the men “spoke French perfectly” and claimed to be “Al-Qaeda of Yamen”.
By the looks of videos captured on scene the attackers appear to have advanced militarized training and were outfitted with automatic rifles, uniform tactical clothing, and armored vests.
The attackers fled casually from the scene, which was in the 13th district, north, to the city’s 19th district before abandoning their get-away vehicle, switching to another one where “they escaped from there”, according to the Deputy Mayor of Paris Patrick Klugman.
Authorities have recovered the original get-away vehicle, a small black car, and are currently running fingerprint and DNA analysis in an attempt to gain information about the attackers.
Deputy Mayor Klugman commented further on the matter in a telephone interview with CNN saying, it’s “a very big shock for all of the press […] and all the world of cartoonists. “We are at war since 9/11”.
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Employees of the magazine, Stéphene Charbonnier, Jean Cabu, and George Wolinski, were among the dead named by authorities so far. Two police officers were also killed in the attack. One suffered a gunshot to the head at point-blank range.
The military and special police have been deployed onto the streets of Paris to protect the city ahead of nightfall.
Video: The aftermath of the attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris http://t.co/Zbj9xRfkvs
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French President Hollande, from on scene, stated that ‘France is in a state of shock’ and that the attack was ‘exceptionally barbaric’. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stated in an address to the nation that “every American stands with” France. Kerry also pointed out that “the freedom of expression that it [the magazine] represented” will not be halted by “terror”. “We wish our friends in France well and express strong solidarity with them”, said Kerry. French officials have raised the terror alert to the highest level to “Attack Alert”. The satirical magazine has previously published at least one cartoon making fun of Islamic terrorists, and was previously firebombed in another attack in 2011.
U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the attack in a televised press conference Wednesday, saying that the attack was a “cowardly” act of “evil”.
Photographs: The attack on a magazine in Paris and the manhunt for the people who did it: http://t.co/Ieoz4OS7LM
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Witnesses of the attack claim the gunmen were shouting several phrases, “We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad”, and “God is great” in Arabic, while shooting up the place.
The attackers were also spotted using hand signals to others in the area, possibly demonstrating the involvement of more than three terrorists.
Update: Deputy Mayor Klugman told CNN that the 3 gunmen are thought to be 34, 32, and 18-years of age. Two of them may be brothers. One of the gunmen may have been previously prosecuted by authorities.
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Shepard Ambellas is the founder, editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified. You can also listen to him on Coast To Coast AM with hosts, both, George Noory on “Chemtrails” and John B. Wells on the “Alternative Media Special“. Shepard Ambellas has also been featured on the Drudge Report, the largest news website in the entire world, for his provocative coverage of the Bilderberg Group.