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09 Jan 2015

Hollande: "These fanatics have nothing to do with Muslim religion."

09 Jan 2015

Paris - France, where police ended two hostage dramas Friday killing Islamist brothers wanted for the Charlie Hebdo massacre and a third suspected extremist who attacked a Jewish supermarket, has the biggest Jewish and Muslim populations in Europe.

Between 500 000 and 600 000-strong, France's Jewish community is also the third biggest in the world, after Israel and the United States.

France's Muslims are estimated at between four and five million. - AFP

09 Jan 2015

Hollande: “Stand this Sunday for liberty, pluralism, values that are so important to us ... Long live France."

09 Jan 2015

President Hollande said the attack on the supermarket was an anti-Semetic attack.

09 Jan 2015

President Hollande: "We will do everything to protect our people."

09 Jan 2015

President Hollande called on the world to unite over the attacks in France.

09 Jan 2015

Paris and Dammartin-en-Gole - First the long, agonising wait. Then fireballs, bullets - and suddenly France's terror nightmare reached a dramatic and bloody end.

Parisians ran in terror amid shooting and explosions while in a small town nearby two Islamist hostage-takers died in a blaze of gunfire on a day when the heart of France resembled a warzone.

The kind of violence that seemed unimaginable in the City of Light brought to an end more than two days of brutal tension as police hunted the Islamist gunmen who had massacred 12 people at a satirical weekly magazine Wednesday.

In eastern Paris, police stormed a Jewish supermarket where at least one gunman had earlier taken several people hostage.

Explosions rocked the neighbourhood - one lighting up the shopfront in a fireball - and shooting erupted as the commandos burst in."It's war!" screamed a mother as she dragged her daughter from the scene.

The gunman was killed along with four hostages, but as the siege ended several others fled to safety.

Ambulances raced to the scene, joining a jam of police vans and other emergency vehicles, all under the eye of helicopters.

Moments before, other special forces assaulted a printers' business in Dammartin-en-Goele outside the capital, where the two main suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre had holed up with one hostage.

Explosions rang out and smoke poured from the roof of the building. The two brothers inside, who had led thousands of police on a wild manhunt for more than 48 hours, ran out in a desperate last stand and were gunned down. The hostage was saved. - AFP

09 Jan 2015

President Hollande to address the media.

09 Jan 2015

Italian PM Renzi to join Paris rally on Sunday - AFP

09 Jan 2015

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he would join in the mass rally being staged in Paris in the wake of the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"I've accepted President Hollande's invitation to join the Unity Rally in Paris this Sunday - celebrating the values behind Charlie Hebdo", he said on his personal Twitter account.

09 Jan 2015

French police are attempting to locate the suspected female hostage taker, Hayat Boumeddiene.

09 Jan 2015

French police are attempting to locate the suspected female hostage taker, Hayat Boumeddiene.

09 Jan 2015

Very little official communications on assault at print works and supermarket.

09 Jan 2015

Concerns that the kosher supermarket may have been booby-trapped - reports

09 Jan 2015

No official statement on female hostage taker, but reports say she may have escaped supermarket.

09 Jan 2015

According to police sources four hostages have been killed at supermarket.

09 Jan 2015

Police were able to hack into supermarket's CCTV and make contact with one of the hostages via cellphone - reports

09 Jan 2015

The two brothers wanted for the shooting of 12 people at the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were killed in a raid on Friday by security forces on the print works where they were holed up with a hostage, a government source said.

Separately, Le Monde newspaper quoted a police official as saying that the hostage-taker at a separate stand-off at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris had also been killed.

That hostage-taker is believed to have links to the same Islamist group as the two brothers.

French television images showed some people running out of the supermarket in eastern Paris. The exact fate of all the hostages there and at the one at the print works was not immediately clear. - Reuters

09 Jan 2015

Hostage taker at supermarket killed - Reuters

09 Jan 2015

Reports that Charlie Hebdo suspects have been killed.

09 Jan 2015

Explosions heard in central Paris near supermarket.
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