At least 11 dead after gunmen storm French newspaper

2015-01-07 13:44
Police officers and firefighters gather in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris after armed gunmen stormed the offices. (Philippe Dupeyrat, AFP)

Police officers and firefighters gather in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris after armed gunmen stormed the offices. (Philippe Dupeyrat, AFP)

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Paris - A French police official says 11 people are dead in a shooting at a satirical weekly newspaper in central Paris.

Xavier Castaing, head of communications for the Paris police prefecture, confirmed the deaths.

French President Francois Hollande was headed to the scene of Wednesday's shooting at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly that has drawn repeated threats for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, among other controversial sketches.

Earlier, a police union official in Paris said one journalist was among the dead and three officers have been wounded in the shooting.

Luc Poignant, an official of the SBP police union, said the attackers escaped in two vehicles.

A witness to the attack on Wednesday, Benoit Bringer, told the iTele network, that he saw multiple masked men armed with automatic weapons at the newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in central Paris.

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