Woman taken hostage by the Paris terror attack suspects

By Drum Digital
09 January 2015

A woman is taken hostage by the Paris terror attack suspects who are now surrounded at an industrial building near the capital.

UK's  TV channel; Sky News is reporting that helicopters are hovering overhead and armed police officers have flooded the area, surrounding Said and Cherif Kouachi. An army tank has been spotted nearby.

Local residents are being told to stay at home, switch off the lights, and stay away from their windows. Hundreds of people are sealed inside some local office buildings.

Two brothers suspected in a newspaper terror attack were cornered inside a printing house northeast of Paris on Friday, taking a hostage and telling police they "want to die as martyrs," a lawmaker said.

Security forces streamed into the small industrial town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, in a massive operation to seize the men suspected of carrying out France's deadliest terror attack in decades. One of the men had been convicted of terrorism charges in 2008, and a U.S. official said both brothers were on the American no-fly list.

Authorities evacuated a nearby school around midday Friday after the suspects agreed by phone to allow the children safe passage, town hall spokeswoman Audrey Taupenas told The Associated Press.

"They said they want to die as martyrs," Yves Albarello, a local lawmaker who said he was inside the command post, told French television station i-Tele.

At least three helicopters hovered above the town. Nearby Charles de Gaulle airport closed two runways to arrivals to avoid interfering in the standoff, an airport spokesman said.

The town appealed to residents to stay inside their houses. The men are suspected in the attack against the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.    

Meanwhile a cleric from the Islamic State group claims the radical militia was responsible for the deadly attack on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.


"We started with the France operation for which we take responsibility. Tomorrow will be in Britain, America and others," Abu Saad al-Ansari said in a sermon in the Islamic State-controlled Iraqi city of Mosul.

"This is a message to all countries participating in the [US-led] coalition that has killed Islamic State members."

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