French Police Hunt for Two Magazine Office Attack Suspects
The video footage showed three heavily armed suspects going berserk on the streets of Paris after causing mayhem in the Charlie Hebdo offices yesterday and in the process had killed 12 people. They left the office after killing eight journalists, one maintenance worker, two police officers and a visitor and also wounding 11 people, of which four are said to be serious. The attack on the satirical newspaper must be due to a caricature carried in the newspaper of Prophet Muhammed.
Out of the three suspects, one teenager about 18 years old and the youngest among the three terrorists, has turned himself in and the hunt is now on for two brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi. Meanwhile, a policewoman was killed in a shooting incident in Southern Paris today as the manhunt for these two brothers have been intensified by the French police. It is not clear as of now that this shooting could be the handiwork of the two brothers at large. A street sweeper was also seriously injured in this attack at a traffic accident.
French Prime Minster Manuel Valls has said that several arrests have been made overnight in the hunt for the two terror suspects and they are believed to be armed with automatic rifles and wearing hoods. Both the suspects are French nationals and Cherif Kouachi has already served 18 months in prison in 2008 for terrorism charges. The police had come across jihadist flags and gasoline bombs in the car that was abandoned by the attackers.
The 18 year of third suspect Mourad Hamyd surrendered himself at the police station in Charleville-Mezieres and his relationship with the two terror suspects has not been revealed yet. Police have already released sketches, names, ages and photos of the two terror suspects and have also warned people to be cautious as the police termed the suspect to be armed and dangerous.
There is also news coming through that a police official has said that the two brothers are suspected to have links with a Yemeni terrorist network. There are reports that the attack is carried out under the guidance of al-Qaeda in Yemen. The attackers collided with another vehicle when they fled the crime scene yesterday and then hijacked another car and disappeared in broad daylight.
Thursday was declared as a national day of mourning by France and flags in the country were ordered to be half-staff. France is on the highest level of alert at the moment after the terror attack in the heart of the capital.