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Three hooded gunmen, armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket launcher, arrived at 10:40am at the headquarters of the weekly magazine in the 11th arrondissement in Paris. According witnesses, they first stalked the building for a few minutes, and reportedly said to a man in the street: "Tell the media this is from al-Qaeda in Yemen". They got access into building by threatening a Charlie Hebdo female cartoonist who had gone tothe nursery to get the her daughter to press in the code.
The magazine was holding its weekly editorial meetings, and had all its journalists and cartoonists present. They asked for their names before opening fire on them. Charb, who had a price put on his head by al-Qaeda in 2013, was shot dead, along with cartoonists Jean Cabut (aka Cabu) and Georges Wolinski, who were shot at during 5 minutes, and also Tignous.
|Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous, and Charb|
The three gunmen fled in a a black Citroen DS driven by a fourth. They drove to Porte de Pantin in north-east Paris, where they abandoned their vehicle and hijacked another one, keeping the driver as an hostage, knocked-over a pedestrian and wounded several others. The criminals are still on the run.
|A police car’s windscreen with 15 bullet holes.|
Our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased.