9 January 2015

Need to Know - #‎JeSuisCharlie‬ (I am Charlie)

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A shocking act of violence rocked the beginning of 2015 when 12 people were executed by terrorists at the headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.


2 gunmen entered the offices of Charlie Hebdo where they confronted a women and her young daughter forcing her to provide the security code to access the magazines office. The gunmen called out the victims by name searching for their targets. Entering the morning meeting the gunmen executed the magazines editor, police bodyguard followed by several cartoonists.

Leaving the building the gunmen were confronted by police who opened fire but were outgunned by the heavily armored terrorists. A wounded officer lying on the ground was approached by the 2 gunmen and executed with a gunshot to the head before leaving. The speed and proficiency of the attack are thought to be due to training by Al Qaeda.


Sympathy rolled in from all corners with the people of Paris standing together with signs of "Je Suis Charlie" (I am Charlie) along with support from the international community with other journalists and cartoonists posting their work as a show of support.

French police released the identities of the 2 gunmen and began the manhunt while 1 of the suspects handed himself in. The getaway car used by the gunmen was later found abandoned and another vehicle stolen while the Police conduct terror raids in search of the terrorists.

Since the attack survivors at the magazine insist they will continue with a million copy edition.

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