MORE FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN EUROPE …
German newspaper, The Hamburger Morgen Post, was firebombed overnight as police state that a “burning object” and rocks were thrown through a window. The MOPO as it is locally known had reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed from Charlie Hebdo. The newspaper featured three Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the prophet Mohammed on its front page on Thursday, together with the headline “This much freedom must be possible!” No one was injured in the fire at the editorial offices of the Hamburger Morgenpost.
Berlin (AFP) – A German tabloid that reprinted cartoons from the French satirical paper Charlie Hebdo lampooning the Prophet Mohammed was targeted in firebombing Sunday, police said.
With security services on high alert after a killing spree in Paris by Islamic extremists, police in the northern German port city of Hamburg said no one was injured in the blaze at the headquarters of the regional daily Hamburger Morgenpost, which caused only slight damage.
“Rocks and then a burning object were thrown through the window,” a police spokesman told AFP.
“Two rooms on lower floors were damaged but the fire was put out quickly.”
The Hamburger Morgenpost, known locally as the MOPO, had splashed the Charlie Hebdo cartoons on its front page after the massacre at the Paris publication, running the headline “This much freedom must be possible!”
Police said the attack had occurred at about 0120 GMT and that two young men seen acting suspiciously near the scene were detained. State security has opened an investigation, a spokesman added.
France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Saturday that France was at “war” with radical Islam following the past three days of bloody, violent and heinous attacks. Prime minister Valls said during a speech in Évry, south of Paris, “it is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity.” On Sunday, France plans to hold a rally in Paris to express their solidarity following the recent terror attacks, that will include France’s President Francois Hollande and numerous world leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Great Britain’s David Cameron, Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Italy’s Matteo Renzi, Turkish PM Davutoglu. Even Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will attend.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared Saturday that France was at war with radical Islam after the harrowing sieges that led to the deaths of three gunmen and four hostages the day before. New details emerged about the bloody final confrontations, and security forces remained on high alert.
“It is a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam, against everything that is aimed at breaking fraternity, freedom, solidarity,” Mr. Valls said during a speech in Évry, south of Paris.
EXIT QUESTION: YOU MEAN PRIOR TO THE TERRORIST SLAUGHTER AT CHARLIE HEBDO AND THE PARIS KOSHER DELI IN PARIS, FRANCE WASN’T AT WAR WITH RADICAL ISLAM?
Terrorist Gunman Amedy Coulibaly Killed & 4 Hostages Murdered when Gunman Entered Paris Kocher Deli (VIDEO)
TERRORIST DEAD AT PARIS KOCHER DELI ….
The hostage situation is over at the Kosher deli in Paris, France. French police raided the deli and have killed the terrorist gunman Amedy Coulibaly. Four hostages are dead as well; however, police are saying that they were murdered by Amedy Coulibaly before he was killed.
Police stormed a kosher supermarket on the eastern edge of Paris on Friday, killing a gunman linked to the killing of a policewoman and a deadly attack on a French satirical newspaper.
Four people were killed when the gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, entered the store, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said. Fifteen hostages in the store were later freed.
In a brief address to the nation, French President Francois Hollande described the attack in Paris’ Porte de Vincennes — one of the main Jewish communities in the city — as a “horrific anti-Semitic act.”
“We have to be vigilant,” he said. “I am issuing a call to unity. This is our best weapon.”
VIDEO – CNN
A dramatic video captured the chaotic last stand of the cop-killing terror suspect gunned down Friday as police stormed a Paris kosher deli.
The body of an unidentified slain man is obvious just inside the entrance to the Hyper Cacher store where an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist killed four people during a lengthy hostage situation.
The sound of a single gunshot from inside the store was heard before a steel gate slowly opened and a single officer bolted inside.
Second Hostage Situation in Paris France … Hostage Taker Identified as Amedi Coulibaly … “You Know Who I Am” … the Individual Suspected of Fatal Shooting a Police Officer (Update: Two Hostages Dead)
TERROR IS PARIS …
There is now a second terrorist hostage situation in Paris, France that is connected with the terror attack at Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead. ABC News is reporting that heavily armed SWAT teams moved into Porte de Vincennes after the second hostage situation developed at a kosher grocery, involving a gunman and multiple hostages. It is now being reported that there are 5 hostages inside the kosher deli.
A police official says the man who has taken at least five people hostage in a kosher market in Paris appears linked to the newsroom massacre earlier this week that left 12 people dead.
The official, who was not authorized to speak about the situation, said the man opened fire in the market Friday and declared “you know who I am.”
Paris police released a photo of Amedy Coulibaly, 32, as a suspect in the killing Thursday of a policewoman, and the official named him as the man holed up in the market. He said some hostages have been gravely wounded.
He said a second suspect, a woman named Hayet Boumddiene, is the gunman’s accomplice
Two intense standoffs with gunmen were underway in and around Paris early Friday afternoon — one involving the two brothers wanted in the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the other a hostage situation at a kosher grocery store near eastern Paris’ Porte de Vincennes.
UPDATE I: The Guardian – Charlie Hebdo attack: new hostage situation at Paris grocery – live updates
More details are emerging about Amedy Coulibaly who is believed to be holding up six people hostage at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris, after being named as suspect in the killing of a policewoman on Thursday.
He is 33 and from Juvisy-sur-Orge in Ile-de-France. According to Le Monde, Coulibaly and Cherif Kouachi were two of the most committed followers of convicted terrorist Djamel Beghal . Telephone conversations reveal that the pair visited Beghal’s home in Murat in the south of France. Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, has been Coulibaly’s partner since 2010 and lived in his home while he was serving a prison sentence, Le Monde said.
An armed man exchanging in gunfire with police has taken five hostages and killed two of them at a kosher deli in the Porte de Vincennes area of Paris, various media reported Friday morning.
Fox News and other media reported that two have been killed.
Agence France-Presse reported that a gunman has opened fire and taken at least one hostage. Fox News, meanwhile, said a total of five women and children were being held by the gunman.
The gunman, reportedly armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, has killed at least two people at a grocery in Porte de Vincennes, according to reports Friday. The armed man, named as 32-year-old Amedy Coulibaly, has taken five people hostage and is linked to Thursday’s murder of a Paris police officer and is an ‘associate’ of terror brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, who carried out Wednesday’s terror attack on Charlie Hebdo.
Charlie Hebdo Suspected Terrorists (Said & Cherif Kouachi) Surrounded by French Authorities Inside Warehouse with Female Hostage … “Want to Die as Martyrs”(Update: Kouachi KILLED!)
HOSTAGE SITUATION IN FRANCE FOLLOWING CHARLIE HEBDO MASSACRE …
Said and Cherif Kouachi, the two terrorist brothers responsible for the savage massacre at Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France that left twelve dead are reported to be barricaded in a warehouse with one hostage. The Kouachi brothers stormed into a warehouse near Charles de Gaulle airport and forced the workers out, saying “We don’t kill civilians.” French law enforcement officers have surrounded a building about 40 kilometers (25 miles) northeast in the town Dammartin-en-Goele.
One lawmaker said they told negotiators they “want to die as martyrs.”
The terrorist brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo massacre barricaded themselves inside a warehouse with a hostage Wednesday, just hours before a second gunman killed two and took multiple people hostage inside a Paris deli, French media reported.
It appears that the two hostage situations and the Thursday killing of a French police officer are all related.
“Armed and dangerous” brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi stormed into a printing company’s warehouse Friday after they led police on a chase through the Paris area, cops said. The two, accused of slaughtering 12 at the French magazine Wednesday, demanded the workers leave.
“Get out. We don’t kill civilians,” they said, according to Sky News.
At least 1,500 police officers and snipers surrounded the building and began phone negotinations with the Charlie Hebdo massacre suspects. The brothers told officials they “want to die as martyrs,” a French politician told the Telegraph.
The situation is tense and fluid as the standoff continues between authorities mobilizing commando-style units capable of storming the single-story printing business in Dammartin-en-Goele and the terrorists who want to die as martyrs.
UPDATE I: The terrorist brother, Said and Cherif Kouachi, have been killed!!!
Good riddance to bad rubbish. Hmm, they released the hostage prior to the siege. Looks like they wanted to garner public opinion that they are terrorist with a conscience.
Two brothers believed behind Wednesday’s attack on the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed on Friday, Agence France Presse reported, culminating a dramatic day in which France was shaken by two simultaneous hostage crises.
Police cornered brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi on Friday inside a printing house in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele near Charles de Gaulle International Airport, where the suspects had been holed up since Friday morning.
A hostage taken by the brothers in Dammartin-en-Goele was released before the siege. An employee at the printing house who was hiding in the building’s cafeteria was freed by police after the raid. The Associated Press said the brothers told police negotiators they wanted to die as martyrs.
A government source told Reuters that the Kouachis were killed after stepping out of the building and opening fire. The brothers had a loaded M82 rocket launcher, two Kalashnikov assault rifles and two automatic pistols, according to Paris prosecutor Francois Molins.