Two brothers believed to be behind Wednesday’s attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed on Friday, Agence France Presse reported, the culmination of a dramatic day in which France was shaken by two simultaneous hostage crises.
The fate of the hostages is currently unknown. Police raided a kosher supermarket in Paris where a gunman opened fire and took at least five people hostage. Reuters reported that the gunman was killed in the police assault. Several hostages were rescued, and Reuters also reported that at least four hostages were killed.
Police also cornered brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi on Friday inside a printing house in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele near Charles de Gaulle International Airport.
Police released a photo of the market shooter, who was identified as Amedy Coulibaly, and a woman named Hayet Boumddiene, who is believed to be his accomplice.
Coulibaly is also believed to be a suspect in yesterday’s killing of a policewoman on the southern edge of Paris.
Hours after the attack, French authorities identified three suspects: Hamyd Mourad, Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi.
Mourad turned himself in to authorities at a police station about 145 miles northeast of Paris on Wednesday night, saying he had seen his own name circulating on social media. Friends of Mourad told French media that he was in school at the time of the attack.
Cherif Kouachi, 32, was convicted in 2008 for his involvement in a Paris-based cell that trafficked French Muslims to fight in Iraq, and he served 18 months of a three-year sentence.
U.S. and European sources close to the investigation said on Thursday they believe Said Kouachi had previously traveled to Yemen to train with the al Qaeda affiliate in that country.
Le Monde reported Friday that there were reports the brothers had taken one person hostage in Dammartin-en-Goele, but there is no confirmation of those reports, nor is information available about the hostage’s identity. The Guardian writes that the hostage was freed during the police raid, but there is no official confirmation of that news.
Police negotiators tried to make contact with the suspects throughout the day on Friday. The Associated Press said that the brothers told the negotiators they wanted to die as martyrs.
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