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Car chase, hostage drama as Paris massacre suspects cornered
Published : Saturday, 10 January, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 5

At least two killed, five hostage in kosher supermarket attack
PARIS, Jan 9 : Two brothers suspected of slaughtering 12 people in an unprecedented jihadist attack in France held one person hostage on Friday as police cornered the gunmen northeast of the capital.
The hostage drama unfolded at a printing business in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, only 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport, police sources said.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed that an operation was under way to "neutralise" the suspects as the massive manhunt appeared to be reaching a dramatic climax with helicopters buzzing overhead.
Prior to the standoff, the suspects had hijacked a Peugeot 206 nearby from a woman who said she recognised them as the brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, accused of killing 12 people in Wednesday's attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which repeatedly lampooned the Prophet Mohammed.
The attack was France's deadliest bloodbath in half a century. Prosecutors told AFP there had been no casualties in the shoot-out. The frantic search for the pair came as it emerged they had been on a US terror watch list "for years".
And as fears spread in the wake of the attack, the head of Britain's domestic spy agency MI5 warned that Islamist militants were planning other "mass casualty attacks against the West" and that intelligence services may be powerless to stop them.
Meanwhile, At least two killed and five hostage when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris on Friday.
The attacker was suspected of being the same gunman who killed a policewoman in a shooting in Montrouge in southern Paris on Thursday.
A police source told AFP the suspect was linked to two brothers who massacred 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. 
Sources close to the investigation said shooting had erupted at Porte de Vincennes in the east of Paris on Friday afternoon.     ?AFP









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