Paris Terror Attack: Two Hostage Situations Arise Following Charlie Hebdo Shooting
Two hostage situations are currently underway in France following the shooting at the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris that took the lives of 12 people.
Charlie Hebdo Suspects Hostage Situation
Brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, who are suspects in the Charlie Hebdo case, are reportedly holding a man hostage in a printing company in the village of Dammartin-en-Goele, 20 miles northeast of Paris. The hostage is an employee of the printing company, according to the village’s spokesperson, Audrey Taupenas.
As law enforcement keeps the suspects surrounded, Dammartin-en-Goele has been on lockdown. While the suspects have apparently permitted the younger schoolchildren to be evacuated from their schools and returned to their homes, it’s believed that high school students are still trapped in the school.
“They say to us to stay in the high school and be calm, but we can’t because we are really scared,” teacher Marianne Genet told ABC News.
Second Hostage Situation
Meanwhile, in eastern Paris, a second hostage situation emerged at a Kosher deli. Authorities believe that Amedy Coulibaly and his girlfriend Hayat Boumeddiene, who are thought to be behind the shooting of an unarmed police officer, are also responsible for this second hostage situation in Porte de Vincennes, reported USA Today. Coulibay is apparently wearing body armor and in possession of a pair of Kalashnikov automatic weapons.
A Paris police spokesperson said, “There is a hostage situation – shots have been fired. The spokesperson added that up to five people were being held within the deli and that there had been “two fatalities.”
Some reports are suggesting that Coulibay and the Koachi brothers have had frequent contact leading up to the attacks. They are all rumored to be in the Buttes-Chaumont network in which young Muslim men are sent to Iraq as Jihadi fighters, a source told the Daily Mail.
There have been unconfirmed reports that another shooting broke out near Paris’ famed Eiffel Tower.