- Jun 9, 2012
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The religion of peace is at it again.Charlie Hebdo shooting: At least 12 killed as shots fired at satirical magazine's Paris office
At least 12 people have been killed in a shooting incident at the Paris office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, police have said. Witnesses and police officials said that multiple gunmen were involved, and that they were seen armed with AK47s and pump action shotguns. According to France's AFP news agency, the men were armed with at least one rocket launcher. A police spokesperson confirmed that the death toll had risen to 12, and that up to 10 others were injured. Five were reported to be in a critical condition. Officials said two police officers were among those killed, and that the other 10 were journalists. Luc Poignard, an official with the French police union official, had earlier confirmed that three officers had been injured and that the attackers had escaped in two vehicles.
Paris has raised its terror alert to the highest setting in the aftermath of the attack, while the gunmen themselves are still reported to be on the run. Video footage posted to social media showed armed gunmen running through the streets of Paris, shooting with automatic weapons and shouting "Allahu Akbar". French President Francois Hollande has travelled to the scene in Paris's 11th arrondissement after what he called the "terrorist attack". Speaking to reporters, he repeated the figure of 11 dead, as well as stating that four of those injured were "between life and death". He said it was the latest in a series of terrorist incidents on French soil, and that the nation was in a state of shock. "We are a country of liberty, and because of that we receive threats," he said.