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7 Januari 2015
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12 dead after gunmen storm France satirical weekly
PARIS (AFP) – At least 12 people were killed when gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, said sources close to the investigation.
Following the incident, the government raised its alert level to the highest possible in the greater Paris region.
Ten members of Charlie Hebdo’s staff were killed in the attack, as well as two police officers, a police spokesman said.
Famous French cartoonists Cabu, Charb, Tignous and Wolinski were reportedly killed, The Telegraph reported. Charb, or Stephane Charbonnier, was the publishing editor of the magazine.
The attack took place during the weekly’s editorial meeting, when all the journalists were supposed to be present, according to a France TV source.
The attackers who stormed the offices shouted “we have avenged the prophet”, according to witnesses cited by a police source.
The satirical magazine gained notoriety in February 2006 when it reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, causing fury across the Muslim world.
Its offices were fire-bombed in November 2011 when it published a cartoon of Mohammed and under the title “Charia Hebdo”.
Despite being taken to court under anti-racism laws, the magazine continued to publish controversial cartoons of the Muslim prophet.
In September 2012 Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of a naked Mohammed as violent protests were taking place in several countries over a low-budget film, titled “Innocence of Muslims”, which was made in the United States and insulted the prophet.
French schools, consulates and cultural centres in 20 Muslim countries were briefly closed along with embassies for fear of retaliatory attacks.
Editor Charbonnier has received death threats and lives under police protection. – The Straits Times Online, 7 Jan 2015, 7.32pm