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LIVE BLOG: Paris Charlie Hebdo attack

LIVE BLOG: Paris Charlie Hebdo attack
France mourns as manhunt for suspects in militant attack continues

- Policewoman killed in second Paris shooting

- Three suspects named; one, Hamyd Mourad, hands himself in.

- Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi remain at large 

- Seven 'friends and associates' of suspects arrested 

- National day of mourning declared; midday silence

Live Updates

Live blog
5 years ago

We will be winding down the blog for now, but will keep it live for updates throughout the evening on Thursday.

As soon as there are more updates we will restart the blog.

MEE Team

National Front not invited to planned 'Republican Rally'
5 years ago

French far-right party National Front has not been asked to take part in the “Republican Rally” planned for Sunday.

The march will commemorate the 12 victims of the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls told the RTL radio station that the “anti-Europe and anti-immigration” National Front did not share “the republican values of the ruling socialists and conservative opposition.”

“National unity is built around profoundly republican values, namely a refusal to make associations between Islam and extremism,” he said.

Tens of thousands of people turned out in France on Wednesday evening to commemorate the killings and large numbers are also expected to attend the rally on Sunday.

Mourners gather at Charlie Hebdo offices to lay flowers
5 years ago

Mourners in Paris have arrived to lay flowers at the Charlie Hebdo offices on Thursday.

A delegation of Muslims leaders have also paid their respects to the victims and denounced the attack that killed 12 people on Wednesday.

State of alert extended beyond Paris to north France
5 years ago

French authorities have extended the highest state of alert north, to include the region where the Charlie Hebdo gunmen have been spotted.

AFP reports on Thursday said police were closing in on the attackers.

Mosques attacked in aftermath of Charlie Hebdo massacre
5 years ago

Muslim places of worship in two French towns were fired upon overnight, leaving no casualties, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Three blank grenades were thrown at a mosque shortly after midnight in the city of Le Mans, west of Paris. A bullet hole was also found in a window of the mosque.

In the Port-la-Nouvelle district near Narbonne in southern France, several shots were fired in the direction of a Muslim prayer hall shortly after evening prayers. The hall was empty, the local prosecutor said.

An explosion at a kebab shop near a mosque in the eastern French town of Villefranche-sur-Saone on Thursday morning also left no casualties. Local prosecutors have described it as a "criminal act". 

France is on edge following the deadly assault by heavily armed gunmen on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday that left 12 dead. No link has yet been established between the attacks. 


Classmates of third suspect defend him on social media
5 years ago

Much of the media attention regarding the Charlie Hebdo attack has been on a pair of brothers currently sought by French authorities. But a third suspect, Mourad Hamyd, has garnered support from students in northeast France who proclaim his innocence.

Hamyd Mourad an 18-year-old unemployed French Muslim man of North-African descent was identified by the police as a third suspect in the shooting, accused of driving the getaway car. At 2.22 am on Thursday 8 Jan it was reported he had turned himself in to French police. 

French media later reported that Hamyd was being held, but not charged.

Mourad has said he was in college at the time of the shooting. Several of Hamyd's classmates are defending him on social media with the hastag #MouradHamydInnocent.

Translation: Mourad Hamyd wrongly accused, he was in class at the time of the facts, his classmates can attest !!

Translation: He was in my high school, I saw that smile this morning as usual. He would never do this. Please support