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Friday, January 9, 2015

Charlie Hebdo attack: new hostage situation at Paris grocery – live updates


1.50pm GMT

A witness to the second siege has told French media what he saw at the kosher supermarket siege.

“There was an individual - African - who had a Kalashnikov ... and he immediately went into the deli and he started shooting with his Kalashnikov,” said the man, who gave his name as Fabian.

1.44pm GMT

Hayat Boumeddiene, who has just been named by the police as a suspect in the killing of a policewoman on Thursday, is the former partner of Amedy Coulibaly, according to Le Monde. French media reports that Coulibaly is the gunman holding hostages at the kosher supermarket siege.

Hayat Boumeddiene, dont le nom apparaît pour la première fois dans cette affaire, est l'ex compagne d'Amedy Coulibaly

1.33pm GMT

The police have named two suspects wanted in connection with the shooting of a female police officer yesterday. They are Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene. Police described them as “armed and dangerous”.

Police did not specify whether either were at the scene of the kosher supermarket siege but French media named Coulibaly as the suspect who took multiple hostages at the store.

Hayat Boumeddienne et Amedy Coulibaly #Montrouge #Vincennes Cc @FrDesouche

1.25pm GMT

AFP reports two killed in the siege in eastern Paris, citing a source.

#BREAKING At least two killed in hostage drama east of Paris: source

1.19pm GMT

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has confirmed that shooting and hostage-taking attack is underway at a kosher market on the eastern edge of Paris, AP reports. A police official said there are multiple hostages and wounded at the scene.

The French president ordered the country’s top security official to the scene, an official in the presidency told The Associated Press. The police official declined to be named when discussing the unfolding situation.

1.18pm GMT

The shooting in Vincennes in eastern Paris lasted for 20 seconds, witnesses have said.

Prise d'otages pte de Vincennes à #Paris > la fusillade a duré "une vingtaine de secondes" selon un témoin

Several people were taken hostage at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday after a shootout involving a man armed with two guns, a police source said.

There were unconfirmed local media reports that the man was the same as the one suspected of killing a policewoman in a southern suburb of Paris on Thursday.

1.10pm GMT

This map pinpoints the four key locations in the dual sieges.

1.08pm GMT

Here’s a brief summary of what we know about both hostage situations:

1.04pm GMT

The supermarket where the second siege is understood to be taking place is Rue Albert Willemetz, a side street off the main intersection of porte de Vincennes and Boulevard de la Peripherique, writes Shiv Malik.

From photos on Google maps, the supermarket appears to be a fairly nondescript one story dark grey building with Hyper Cacher – roughly translated as Super Kosher – emblazoned on the side of the building. It sits next to a petrol station and a deli and is located at the base of a tower block.

#BREAKING - Hostage taken at kosher shop in #Paris by ‘suspect in police officer shooting'

1.00pm GMT

President Hollande is overseeing operations in the Elysee’s situation room as the two hostage situations unfold.

Le président @fhollande supervise les opérations dans la "situation room" du ministère de l'Intérieur, @Place_Beauvau

12.58pm GMT

AFP is reporting that at least five hostages have been taken in the
kosher supermarket at the porte de Vincennes.

Prise d'otages porte de Vincennes: au moins 5 personnes retenues (source proche) #AFP

Affollement Porte de Vincennes. Policiers en pare balle évacuent tout le monde. Opération en cours.

12.52pm GMT

BFM TV is reporting that the man suspected of killing policewoman Clarissa Jean-Philippe in Montrouge yesterday is holding five hostages, including women and children, at a kosher supermarket near the Porte de Vincennes in the 20th arrondissement in Paris, Jon Henley reports from Paris.

The suspect reportedly told police officers at the scene: “You know who I am.”

opération de police en cours Porte de Vincennes

12.46pm GMT

A picture has emerged purporting to show the new siege in eastern Paris where a hostage has been taken after shots were fired.

Face à #hypercasher à #saintmande

A l'intérieur du resto. L'ambiance varie entre les rires nerveux et les premiers signes de stress. #hypercasher #saintmande

12.35pm GMT

Here’s a gallery of the siege in Dammartin-en-Goele.

12.33pm GMT

12.30pm GMT

There are reports of another shooting and a hostage taking in Paris. It is unclear whether it has any connection with the Charlie Hebdo attack.

#BREAKING New shooting breaks out in eastern Paris: source

#BREAKING Armed man takes hostage in kosher grocery in Paris: source

ALERTE - Une fusillade éclate porte de #Vincennes à Paris

12.25pm GMT

A spokesman for France’s interior minister says that the priority is to establish a dialogue with the Charlie Hebdo gunmen, Reuters reports.

This comes about two hours after a local MP said police negotiators had already entered talks with the two suspects and that the pair said they wished to die as martyrs.

12.15pm GMT

The Guardian’s Kim Willsher has sent this from the scene at Dammartin-en-Goele:

Locals say around 8.50am the brothers entered a small family printing business on the industrial estate. It is a small building about 200 sq m and employs five or six people.

Since then calls to the company have gone unanswered.

12.11pm GMT

There are reports of heavy military vehicles being transported to the site of the siege at Dammartin-en-Goele, including helicopters and tanks.

The Telegraph photographer Heathcliff Omalley has taken this photo of what appears to be a lorry transporting military tank and jeep over a bridge, my colleague Aisha Gani reports.

Gallery: Tank & armoured car seen near #CharlieHebdo seige outside Paris (by @heathcliffom)

DERNIÈRE MINUTE - Un tank a été aperçu par le @Telegraph #traque #CharlieHebdo

12.08pm GMT

12.07pm GMT

The Guardian’s Anne Penketh reports that the maintenance worker who was the first victim of the killers at Charlie Hebdo was shot dead on his first day working at the offices of the satirical magazine.

A friend told BFM TV news that Frédéric Boisseau, who was employed by facilities management company Sodexo, was standing in the reception area with a colleague when the Kalashnikov-toting killers burst into the building and asked for directions to Charlie Hebdo’s offices. They shot him before heading for the magazine’s office.

12.00pm GMT

The man suspected of killing a policewoman in a southern suburb of Paris on Thursday before fleeing the scene was a member of the same jihadist group as the Kouachi brothers, a police source told Reuters.

11.57am GMT

The Guardian graphic on the siege has been updated to include a little more detail.

11.54am GMT

Angelique Chrisafis has more on the link between Thursday’s shooting of a policewoman and the suspects.

The French interior minister confirmed this morning that “important elements” had now been uncovered in the inquiry into another shooting which took place in Montrouge, just south of Paris, on Thursday January 8.

In the shooting, which happened less than 24 hours after the Charlie Hebdo attack, a 26-year-old police woman was killed. The heavily armed gunman, reported to be wearing a bullet-proof vest, fled by car and the hunt continues to find him.

11.50am GMT

A man whose grey Renault Clio was stolen at gunpoint by the suspects after the Charlie Hebdo shooting has been speaking to Europe 1. He said:

The man was armed with a machine gun. I realised after that it was a Kalashnikov. I had my window open and he said to me: ‘Get out of your car, we need your car.’ I got out of the vehicle. At that moment a second person arrived who got into the passenger seat. He also had a gun with a kind of grenade at the end. It was undoubtedly a grenade launcher or something like that.

11.43am GMT

The French media is reporting a link between Thursday’s fatal shooting of a policewoman in southern Paris and the manhunt for the Kouachi brothers.

Une "connexion" entre les frères Kouachi et le suspect de Montrouge (sources policières) #AFP

Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in Montrouge south of Paris on Thursday, but a gunman remains at large.

Police have identified a suspect in the shooting, which came a day after the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices and left a female traffic police officer dead. Two arrests were made in the department of Essonne, in the southern greater Paris region – with those arrested said to have “very close links” to the suspected gunman, according to Le Point.

11.31am GMT

Live footage of the scene showed scores of officers apparently entering the industrial estate where the suspected gunmen appear to have taken a person hostage.

The officers walked between two columns of pallets towards the grey buildings. A Sky News correspondent, who says he is 100 metres away from this scene, said officers moved calmly and without urgency.

Numerous Police forces gathering close to the CDT company where the hostage taking place! #dammartin #JeSuisCharlie

11.15am GMT

Here’s a summary of what we know so far:

• Scores of armed police officers have surrounded an industrial estate in Dammartin-en-Goele, north-east of Paris, where a police official has told AP the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre have taken a person hostage.

11.13am GMT

Both Xavier Castaing, the chief Paris police spokesman, and town hall spokeswoman Audrey Taupenas said there appeared to be one hostage inside the print workshop building.

A police official, who was on the scene, told the Associated Press that there was a hostage.

11.10am GMT

Footage taken from a car following shows French police chasing a vehicle on the A2 motorway near the scene of where officers had been hunting Saïd and Chérif Kouachi.

11.08am GMT

Last night the Guardian hosted a debate about the Charlie Hebdo attack. Here’s a video of the highlights:

11.06am GMT

Residents of Dammartin-en-Goele have been describing their fears.

Irène, 82, who lives in the road next to where the printing company is based, told Liberation:

I saw a lot of police officers in the street so I switched on my television, and that’s how I found out what was happening. The police officers did not come and see me, I did not get any specific information. I’m scared, I’m really scared. My blinds are open but I don’t dare go near the window to shut them. All my children are calling me because they are scared for me. I can hear helicopters flying around but I can’t hear gunshots.

C'est a 5min de chez moi putain ! On le reveille en surssaut tout le monde m'envoi des Msgs ! J'bouge pas de chez moi !

Une fusillade a coter de mon lycée normal ! On est enfermé dans le lycée interdit de sortir

fusillade et prise d'otage à Dammartin, interdiction de sortir du lycée

11.00am GMT

10.57am GMT

A Guardian graphic pinpoints the exact location of the siege:

10.55am GMT

Images of the siege have emerged from a resident of Dammartin-en-Goele, reports the Observers, a weekly show on the France 24 TV network.

A person living near the #Dammartin hostage scene sent us these photos #CharlieHebdo #obs

10.44am GMT

This image shows an aerial view of the building where the Paris shooting suspects are believed to be holed up, Création Tendance Decouverte, in the small community of Dammartin-en-Goele.

10.38am GMT

Teachers in the locked down primary schools in Dammartin are trying to reassure pupils by singing nursery rhymes, according to the Guardian’s Kim Willsher.

#CharlyHebdo teacher in siege town says trying to keep children from panicking by singing rhymes and sitting on floor away from windows.

#CharlieHebdo another ambulance with police escort speeding up Route National. Journalists being kept well out of place.

#CharlieHebdo.Dammartin-en-Goele. Helicopter hovering nearby but visibility hampered by rain and fog.heavily armed gendarmes everywhere.

10.32am GMT

France Info radio has obtained an extraordinary account from a salesman who said he shook one of the suspect’s hands when they arrived at the printing business at 8.30am this morning, writes Angelique Chrisafis in Paris.

The man, who would only gave his name as Didier, said he had an appointment with Michel, the owner of the printing and publicity material business. Didier said he shook one of the gunmen’s hands who he took to be police special operations officer. He was dressed in black and was heavily armed with at least one rifle.

He said when he arrived at the business his client came out to meet him with what he took to be a policeman, dressed in black combat gear, with a bullet-proof vest.

10.30am GMT

Hollande has just given a press conference at the French Interior ministry which didn’t shed any light on the siege.

He said those taking part in planned demonstrations this weekend will be protected by the police.

10.20am GMT

L’Obs newsweekly is reporting that accoridng to several sources, mobile phones are no longer working in Dammartin.

Caoline Morais, who works in the mayor’s office in the town, has told Le Monde: “We are trapped inside, everyone has been shut inside. We are a bit like you, we’re following everything online.”

10.15am GMT

French special forces have been seen on the roof of a building near the scene of the siege.

Special forces stands on the roof of a building in Dammartin-en-Goele where a hostage-taking is underway #AFP

10.13am GMT

One MP has suggested that negotiating with the suspects is futile.

Yves Albarello, UMP MP for Seine-et-Marne has told @itele: "the two fugitives declared they wanted to die as martyrs."

10.08am GMT

Charles de Gaulle airport is partially closed as the operation in Dammartin-en-Goele, roughly 8 miles away, continues the Air News Agency reports.

ALERT Reports: Charles de Gaulle airport partially closed as police conduct operation to detain to Paris attac...

All runways at CDG are open, but northern runways are used for take offs only

10.03am GMT

The deputy mayor of Paris, Patrick Klugman, has told Sky News that families of the Charlie Hebdo victims were being kept abreast of the ongoing operation this morning.

He described a “very tense moment of emotion” during a ceremony in Paris to remember the dead, which took place shortly before the siege in Dammartin-en-Goele.

10.03am GMT

10.02am GMT

The French authorities have confirmed that shots were fired at a roadblock but denied reports of injuries, writes Angelique Chrisafis.

A Ministry of the Interior spokesman confirmed to France Info radio that there was an exchange of fire with gendarmes who were manning a roadblock on the N2 motorway as the brothers approached Paris. No one was injured in the clash. The brothers then drove into the village’s industrial estate and have taken at least one hostage.

He could not confirm that the police had established contact with the brothers, but said there is always a “phase of negotiation” in these type of siege situation, and denied that an assault was in progress.

9.58am GMT

French President François Hollande is due to attend a briefing on the apparent siege. He is expected at the interior ministry for an update on the situation.

9.54am GMT

More detail is emerging on the location of the apparent siege:

9.48am GMT

Dammartin-en-Goele is completely sealed off by police Kim Willsher reports in a phone update from the edge of the town. “It’s a very confusing situation” she said amid unconfirmed reports of injuries in a shoot out and hostages being taken.

9.38am GMT

9.37am GMT

9.35am GMT

Grégory, a local resident in Dammartin, told BFMTV by phone that locals were staying at home behind locked doors, writes Angelique Chrisafis.

He said he was around 300m from the building involved in the police operation, describing it as a small building on the industrial site. He said he had only realised what was going on this morning when a massive police contingent arrived in the area and helicopters began circling overhead. “Everyone is blocked in their homes behind locked doors.”

9.26am GMT

Here’s a brief rundown, from Josh Halliday, on what we know so far about the siege:

9.21am GMT

AFP says the siege is taking place in a printing business not a construction firm.

The suspects were holed up in a small printing business named CTD, a source close to the investigation said. “It’s not sure how many people are inside,” the source said.

9.18am GMT

Reuters reports that least one person was killed and several injured in shootout before at least one hostage was taken in Dammartin-en-Goele in France. This is all unverified by the authorities, who have only confirmed that a major operation is under way.

9.13am GMT

Le Figaro has published an image of the building where the siege is believed to be taking place.

La prise d'otage aurait lieu dans l'entreprise Création Tendance Découverte #CharlieHebdo

9.08am GMT

Pupils at three primary schools in Dammartin-en-Goele have been told to stay inside their classrooms, according to France Info.

Les élèves confinés dans les trois écoles primaires et au lycée de Dammartin-en-Goële. #fusillade #traque

9.05am GMT

Police are reported to have entered negotiations with the suspects amid still unconfirmed claims that they are holding at least one hostage.

DERNIÈRE MINUTE - Les négociations avec les fugitifs auraient commencé #traque #CharlieHebdo

Prise d'otage à Dammartin-en-Goële : une personne est aux mains des suspects (@itele)

Shots were fired during a car chase and at least one hostage was taken to the north-east of Paris Friday, in the same area police were hunting for two brothers accused of slaughtering 12 people in an Islamist assault.

The hostage drama was underway at a business in Dammartin-en-Goele, to the north-east of Paris, and came 48 hours into a massive manhunt for the Islamist gunmen who attacked the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday.

9.01am GMT

Here’s a map showing where the “major operation” is underway.

8.59am GMT

A BBC correspondent in the area reports seeing five helicopters above an industrial area on the edge of Dammartin-en-Goele.

There are unconfirmed reports that the suspects have occupied the offices of a construction company. Reports of hostages being taken are also unconfirmed, but a siege appears to be underway.

8.51am GMT

A hostage taking is under way in a business in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, near Charles de Gaulle airport, Le Figaro reports. At least one person is believed to have been taken by the suspects.

Earlier, the suspects hijacked a grey Peugeot after abandoning their hijacked Renault Clio, which reportedly had run out of petrol.

.@BCazeneuve : «Une opération est en cours à #DammartinenGoele » #traque #CharlieHebdo

8.48am GMT

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has confirmed that a major operation is underway in Dammartin-en-Goele where police helicopters have been deployed.

Bernard Cazeneuve : "une opération est en cours à Dammartin-en-Goële, le GIGN se rend sur place"

8.42am GMT

Three helicopters have been deployed over the town Dammartin-en-Goele 40km north-east of Paris, according to Le Figaro.

DERNIÈRE MINUTE - 3 hélicoptères sont mobilisés à #DammartinEnGoele #traque #CharlieHebdo

8.38am GMT

There are unconfirmed reports that shots have been fired and hostages taken in the manhunt for the Kouachi brothers.

Shots fired on road where Charlie Hebdo killers spotted

#BREAKING Hostages taken north-east of Paris: police

BREAKING: French security source: Suspects in newspaper shooting stole car, on move again

8.25am GMT

The Guardian’s al-Qaida expert Jason Burke, has more on Cherif Kouachi’s reported links with the terrorist network.

Djamal Beghal is the Algerian-born French militant who reportedly became Cherif Kouachi’s mentor in prison in 2005 and 2006 France when the suspected Charlie-Hebdo attacker was detained for his involvement in a network funnelling volunteers to fight the US in Iraq alongside al-Qaida.

He is also an example of how the now long-forgotten violent struggles of the early 1990s in many Islamic countries against militants still have an impact 20 years or more later, and how extremism continues to function through personal rather than organisational links.

#CharlieHebdo > Les liens de Chérif Kouachi avec le terrorisme

8.14am GMT

In Britain Sir Malcolm Rifkind, chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee, has backed MI5’s call for snooping powers in the wake of Wednesday’s killings.

I do entirely endorse what’s been said by Sir Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, that the evidence suggests that terrorist threat in the UK is as serious as it has ever been ... As Mr Parker pointed out the intelligence agencies are finding it increasingly difficult to be able to intercept communications between terrorists and people they are working with.

What is emerging in Paris is that the two individual responsible for the terrible massacre at Charlie Hebdo were communicating with people in the Yemen over the last days, last few weeks.

7.48am GMT

The Islamic State group, which control large parts of Iraq and Syria, has praised the gunmen behind the Charlie Hebdo killings as “heroic jihadists”.

Citing the monitoring monitoring group Site Intelligence, Reuters reports:

Site said Islamic State praised the gunmen in a brief note in its daily audio bulletin, which was distributed on Twitter and jihadi forums on Thursday.

“We start our bulletin with France. Heroic jihadists killed 12 journalists and wounded ten others working in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, and that was support for our master (Prophet) Mohammad, may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him,” according to the audio bulletin.

IS Regards Charlie Hebdo Gunmen as “Heroic Jihadists” in Audio Bulletin

7.33am GMT

Welcome to the third day of our live coverage of the aftermath of the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris as a massive manhunt for the two suspected gunmen continues.

Here’s a summary of the latest developments

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Charlie Hebdo attack: new hostage situation at Paris grocery – live updates
Matthew Weaver
Fri, 09 Jan 2015 13:55:15 GMT


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