More than 10 people have been confirmed dead, as gun men clad in black clothes, stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper which published cartoons joking about Muslim leaders in 2008 and 2011.
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The men were shouting, “the prophet as been avenged,” said a media report.
The President Francois Hollande, will head to the scene of the shooting and plans to hold emergency government meeting, according to his office.
French TV channel iTELE quoted a witness who saw the incident from a building nearby in the heart of the capital city saying:
“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (guns),” Benoit Bringer told the station. “A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,” he said, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building.
A police official, Luc Poignant, said he was aware of one journalist dead and several injured, including three police officers.
A Paris-based journalist said the attack on the media house involved men armed with “rocket propelled grenades”.
French policemen were seen arriving the scene of the incident on bicycles with clipboards.
“Other newspapers in Paris have been placed under police protection” according to Le Monde.
Charlie Hebdo has been criticized first in 2008 and 2011, for publishing cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Mohammed, but the magazine has defended its action based on press freedom.