Charlie Hebdo shooting
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|Charlie Hebdo shooting|
|Location||10 rue Nicolas-Appert, 11th arrondissement of Paris, France|
|Date||7 January 2015 |
11:30 CET (UTC+01:00)
|Target||Charlie Hebdo employees|
Rocket-propelled grenade launcher
|Perpetrators||Saïd Kouachi, Chérif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad (suspected)|
On 7 January 2015, at approximately 11:30 CET (10:30 UTC), three masked gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles, a shotgun, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher stormed the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. They shot and killed 12 people, including Charlie Hebdo staff and two French National police officers, and wounded 11 others. In Niger churches and cars were burned in protest of Muhammed on the cover of Charlie Hebdo.
The gunmen entered the building and began shooting with automatic weapons, while shouting "Allahu Akbar". Up to 50 shots were fired during the attack. Following a massive manhunt, the French police believe they have located the attackers and are mounting an operation against them. On Twitter people used the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie to show support for freedom of speech after the shooting.
Background[change | change source]
Charlie Hebdo is an antireligious left-wing newspaper. In 2011 the newspaper's office was firebombed because the cover of an issue of the newspaper called "Charia Hebdo" had a cartoon of Prophet Muhammed on it. The newspaper's editor-in-chief Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier was added to Al-Qaeda's most wanted list in 2013.
Victims[change | change source]
Killed[change | change source]
- Cabu, 76, cartoonist
- Elsa Cayat, 54, psychoanalyst and columnist
- Charb, 47, caricaturist and journalist
- Philippe Honoré, 73, cartoonist
- Bernard Maris, 68, economist and journalist
- Tignous, 57, cartoonist
- Georges Wolinski, 80, cartoonist
Suspects[change | change source]
Saïd Kouachi and Chérif Kouachi were identified by French police as the main suspects in the shooting. The two Franco-Algerian brothers, both from Gennevilliers, are aged 34 and 32, respectively. In 2008, Chérif Kouachi was convicted of terrorism charges and sentenced to three years in prison, along with 18 months of suspension, for having assisted in sending fighters to Iraq's insurgency.
References[change | change source]
- "En images : à 11 h 30, des hommes armés ouvrent le feu rue Nicolas-Appert". Le Monde. 7 January 2015.
- "'10 killed' as shots fired at satirical magazine headquarters". The Independent. 7 January 2015.
- "French police ID 3 suspects in attack on newspaper". Newsday. 8 January 2015.
- "Manhunt for French magazine gunmen". 8 January 2015 – via www.bbc.com.
- "Gun attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo kills 11". BBC News. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- "Charlie Hebdo attack: 12 dead in Paris, manhunt on". CNN. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- Graham-Harrison, Emma (17 January 2015). "Niger rioters torch churches and attack French firms in Charlie Hebdo protest" – via www.theguardian.com.
- "Charlie Hebdo attack – latest". BBC News. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- Zemouri, Mélanie Delattre, Christophe Labbé, Olivier Pérou, Aziz (7 January 2015). "Attentat à "Charlie Hebdo" : le Raid mène une opération à Reims". Le Point.
- "Attentat contre Charlie Hebdo : le plus jeune des suspects s'est rendu - Société - MYTF1News". Archived from the original on 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-01-08.
- Bennett, Dashiell (1 March 2013). "Look Who's on Al Qaeda's Most-Wanted List". The Atlantic.
- "«Un commando organisé»". Libération.fr. 7 January 2015.
- "Confusion as French Hunt Magazine Attack Suspects". NBC News.
- "Charlie Hebdo Paris shooting: Three men suspected of killing 12 in terror attack 'holed up near Belgium border'". Daily Mirror. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- Bond, Anthony; Allen, Peter (7 January 2015). "Three men suspected of killing 12 in Paris terror attack 'arrested near Belgium'". mirror.
Other websites[change | change source]
Media related to Charlie Hebdo shooting at Wikimedia Commons