At least 12 people were killed in a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons joking about Muslim leaders, French TV channel iTELE reported.
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France Info radio also said police had confirmed 10 injured. Police informed Reuters that of the 10 wounded, five were injured critically. The news channel quoted a witness as saying he saw the incident from a building nearby in the heart of the French capital.
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President Francois Hollande headed to the scene of the attack and the government said it was raising France’s security level to the highest notch. This is a terrorist attack, there is no doubt about it,” Hollande told reporters. British Prime Minister David Cameron described the attack as sickening. The United States said it condemned the attack in the “strongest possible terms.”
“Senior officials at the White House have been in close touch with their counterparts in France this morning,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. “The United States stand ready to work closely with the French” to help them probe the attack,” he said. The Telegraph quoted a broadcast journalist with Europe1 News as saying, “Several men in black cagoules were heard to shout ‘the Prophet has been avenged’.”
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The Guardian in it its live updates has quoted its reporter as saying: “The journalist Martin Boudot, from the Premières Lignes agency, has posted this video from the roof of a building situated close to the Charlie Hebdo building. we can hear gunshots and voices who cry ‘Allahu akbar’.”