Paris Terror Attacks: Hostage Situations End; Dead Include Gunmen, 4 Hostages
The two hostage situations in Paris have come to an end, leaving the gunmen and four of the hostages dead.
Paris Hostage Crisis
In the village of Dammartin-en-Goele, 22 miles north of Paris, the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting – brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi – were cornered in a warehouse and holding an employee hostage. The Kouachi brothers, who reportedly told police they wanted to go out like martyrs, exited the warehouse firing, leading police to storm the warehouse, reported the BBC.
Both Cherif and Said Kouachi were killed in the firefight and the unnamed hostage’s life was spared.
Near Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris, Amedy Coulibaly, who was thought to be connected to the Kouachi brothers and their attack on Charlie Hebdo, held numerous people captive at a Kosher supermarket. At one point, Coulibaly, the leading suspect in the shooting of the unnamed Paris policewoman on Thursday, threatened police that he would kill the hostages should police capture the brothers.
When police raided the supermarket, they managed to save many of the hostages, though four lost their lives and four more are critically injured. Coulibaly died in the exchange of gunfire.
Coulibaly’s girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddiene, is still at large.
On Wednesday, the Kouachi brothers attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people, including four of the satirical magazine’s top cartoonists.