Two men entered the wording of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and shouting “Allah akbar” (God is great), shot and killed two policemen, two employees and eight journalists from the publication that since 2006, received threats on several occasions for mens swimwear sale of Muhammad. President François Hollande said it was a “terrorist act”, declared national mourning and raised the maximum alertness in Paris, which is the scene of a massive mobilization against crimes.
The head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) and rector of the Grand Mosque of Paris, Dalil Boubakeur, meanwhile, condemned “in the name of Muslims” in France the “horror of the crime” and stressed that “it is useless to see it religious connotation “. “I denounce any attempt to link it to my religion, my brethren and Islam in France,” said Boubakeur, who expressed his hope that the perpetrators of the attack are “punished” because the facts constitute “acts of war in the heart of Paris and should never go unpunished.”
After the slaughter, attackers armed with Kalashnikovs and swimming suits for men shouted “We have avenged the prophet!” and before fleeing the scene they shot dead a policeman. Several moments of fact were filmed from the street by a casual witness. On the run after a motorist collided and crashed into a pedestrian. “I heard gunshots, saw hooded people who fled in a car,” he told AFP Michel Goldenberg, a neighbor who has his office on the street Nicolas Apert, the same as the home of Charlie Hebdo.
In a video of the attack, filmed by a man from a roof and published on the website of the French public television, you hear a man shouting “Allah Akbar!” (God is greatest) between shots. The Charb, Wolinski, Cabu and Tignous artists among the dead. A journalist who works at a local face Charlie Hebdo mentioned “bodies on the ground, pools of blood, very serious injuries” in describing the gruesome scene of the attack. The fate and identity of the attackers was unknown shortly after noon.