The Editor Stephane Carbonnier and eleven people were killed and many injured in shooting at the Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, already the target of a firebombing in 2011 after publishing cartoons deriding Prophet Mohammad on its cover. In September 2012 Charlie Hebdo published controversial cartoons of Prophet Mohammed as violent protests were taking place in several countries over low-budget film, titled ”Innocence of Muslims”, which was made in the United States and Insulted the prophet.
The Editor of Charlie Hebdo Stephane Charbonnier who was killed in the attack has received death threats earlier and he was living under police protection. Five of the injured were in a critical condition, said the spokesman. Separately, the government said it was raising France’s national security level to the highest notch.
France Info radio quoted a witness as saying he saw the incident from a building nearby in the heart of the French capital. “About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs [guns],” Benoit Bringer told the station. “A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,” he said, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building.
The attackers later hijacked a car in gun point and knocked over a pedestrian while attempting to speed away from the scene. A police official, Luc Poignant, said he was aware of one journalist dead and several injured, including three police officers.
A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover and it was under constant threat from Various Islamic terror groups.
French President Francois Hollande will go to the scene of a shooting and then hold an emergency government meeting, a source at his office said on Wednesday.
British Prime Minister David Cameron described the attack in France as ‘sickening’, adding that Britain would stand with France in its fight against terror.
PM Modi expressed India’s solidarity with People of France calling it as ”Condemnable and despicable attack in Paris”