UN chief voices outrage at ‘cold-blooded’ Paris attack

2015-01-07 18:46

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced outrage at the “terrible terrorist attack” at the Paris offices of a weekly satirical magazine known for lampooning radical Islam.

Charlie Hebdo was today victim of a bloody attack claiming at least 12 lives, including two police officers. The gunmen have not been apprehended.

Ki-moon voiced “outrage at the despicable attack,” which he described as a “horrendous, unjustifiable and cold-blooded crime.”

“This horrific attack is meant to divide,” Ban told reporters today. “We must not fall into that trap.”

US President Barack Obama also condemned the deadly shooting, calling it a terrorist attack against its ally, France.

Obama offered US assistance after the attack.

“We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice,” Obama said today.

“France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world,” he said.

The Department of Homeland Security is closely monitoring the events in Paris and is in contact with security officials there, a DHS official said today. The official said the department continually evaluates the level of protection at federal facilities but did not say that has been changed.

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