Friday, January 9, 2015

Gunman, 4 Hostages Die in Paris Kosher Market; French Pres. Calls It a "Horrific Anti-Semitic Act"

Police stormed a kosher (Jewish) supermarket on the eastern edge of Paris today (January 9, 2015), killing a gunman linked to the killing of a policewoman and a deadly attack on a French satirical newspaper. Four of the supermarket hostages -- all Jewish men --  were killed, according to the USA Today website.

French President Francois Hollande -- in a TV address to the nation -- described the attack in Paris' Porte de Vincennes predominantly Jewish area as a "horrific anti-Semitic act."

Several people -- including two police officers -- were wounded, and the hours-long standoff with Amedy Coulibaly, 32, ended amid gunshots near the supermarket today.

At the same time, explosions rattled a small printing warehouse northeast of the city where two brothers suspected in the January 7 attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper were cornered by police. The Kouachi brothers -- Cherif, 32, and Said, 34 -- were killed in a shootout with police, and the hostage they had taken was freed.

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