UPDATED: 9:15am PST
(Reuters) – Two brothers suspected of attacking the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed when police stormed their hideout on Friday while their hostage was freed, a police official said.
However, a police source said at least four other hostages had been killed at a separate siege at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.
The two brothers died when security forces moved in on a print works in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the chief suspects in Wednesday’s attack had been holed up with their hostage.
Charlie Hebdo suspects killed as French siege ended
(Reuters) – The two brothers wanted for the shooting of 12 people at the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were killed in a raid on Friday by security forces on the print works where they were holed up with a hostage, a government source said.
Separately, Le Monde newspaper quoted a police official as saying that the hostage-taker at a separate stand-off at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris had also been killed. That hostage-taker is believed to have links to the same Islamist group as the two brothers.
French television images showed some people running out of the supermarket in eastern Paris. The exact fate of all the hostages there and at the one at the print works was not immediately clear.
(Reporting by Emmanuel Jarry; editing by Mark John)
EARLIER REPORT – Paris Terrorist Suspects
French forces storm small printer works in hunt for suspected killers
By John Irish
DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, France, Jan 9 (Reuters) – French anti-terrorist police stormed a small printing works in northernFrance where the two chief suspects in Wednesday’s attack on a Paris newspaper had taken a hostage, explosions and gunfire ringing out around the building.
The building in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, set in marsh and woodland, had been under siege since the gunmen abandoned a high-speed car chase and took refuge there early on Friday. A helicopter hovered overhead.
A third gunman has taken hostages at a Jewish supermarket in Paris demanding the two be allowed to go free.
“At the time of speaking, police forces are in the process, I hope, of apprehending the perpetrators of this act of savagery and making sure they can do no more harm,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.
No further details of the security forces’ late afternoon operation were immediately available.
He was speaking at the offices of the left-wing daily Liberation, temporarily housing what is left of the Charlie Hebdo team, 10 of whom were killed by the Islamist gunmen in an attack on Wednesday. Two police officers were also killed.
Wednesday’s Paris attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly has raised questions about surveillance of radicals, far-right politics, religion and censorship in a land struggling to integrate a five-million Muslim population, the EU’s largest.
Security sources said the chief suspects in the attack — two French-born brothers of Algerian origin under siege now in Dammartin — were both under surveillance and had been placed on European and U.S. “no-fly” lists.
Charlie Hebdo had long courted controversy with satirical attacks on Islam as well as other religions and political leaders. A witness said one of the gunmen in Wednesday’s attack was heard to shout “We have killed Charlie Hebdo! We have avenged the Prophet!” (Additional reporting by Paris and U.S. bureaus; Editing by Mark John, Ralph Boulton and Peter Millership)