In France’s most brutal terror attack in memory, at least 12 people were killed in the heart of Paris, when gunmen in black ski masks stormed the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo weekly newspaper and opened fire with a hail of bullets, before hijacking a car and fleeing the scene—leaving all of France deeply shaken and on high alert.
A manhunt was underway for three suspected assailants as police put into effect the Vigipirate anti-terrorism plan, which stationed officers outside all of the city’s schools, newspapers, train stations and religious sites. The New York Times reported that public schools in Paris were closed. A “police source” confirmed to Le Monde that at least 3,000 officers were involved in the search for those responsible for the shooting. French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve French military were aiding police, according to the Guardian.
In the horrified aftermath, as police were still…
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