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Charlie Hebdo Paris Attack As it Happened (Chronology)

09 Jan 15
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Paris attacks time-line: From Charlie Hebdo to a Jewish grocery store - how the double hostage situation unfolded

French security forces on Friday dealt with two hostage-taking situations, one north east of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris involving an armed gunmen who took at least five hostages.

Below is a summary of the key events leading up to the point three hostage-takers were killed Friday.


•  Armed gunmen storm the Paris office of satirical magazineCharlie Hebdo and kill 12 people, including the editor and two police. The suspects, who are named by authorities as Chérif and Said Kouachi, fled the scene in a hijacked car, then abandoned the getaway vehicle and stole another vehicle.  Police lost track of the suspects just before midday.


•  Two of the suspects reportedly enter a petrol station in the north of France at 10.30am and steal food and petrol, forcing the staff to serve them at gunpoint. Staff at the Avia service stop in Villers Cotterets in the Aisne region report seeing rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles in the back of the stolen grey Renault Clio.

Cherif and Said Kouachi, reportedly 32 and 34


•  A female police officer suffers fatal injuries when a gunman wearing a bullet-proof vest opens fire on her and a street cleaner in Montrouge, a southern suburb of Paris, shortly before 9am. The woman dies of her injuries later in the day. The street cleaner, who has not been identified, is seriously injured.


•  The police-hunt for the two suspects linked to Wednesday’s attack enters its third day, with armed police focusing on the rural area in the Picardy region of France, north-east of Paris.  At  8.30am: Gunfire is reported near the Charles de Gaulle airport, Paris. A car chase between police and the suspects in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele leads them to printing business just outside of Dammartin-en-Goele. Reports emerge that the siege involves hostages. French anti-terrorist forces surround the complex.

•  At half past 12 reports begin emerging of a separate shooting in a Jewish grocery store in the south-eastern area of Paris with a hostage situation.

Police are mobilized with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes in Paris



• Reports emerge that two people in the hostage situation in the supermarket have died.

French police issue an appeal for witnesses to Thursday’s shooting where a policewoman died. 



•  Police name ex-convict Coulibaly and his partner Boumeddiene, 26, as wanted in connection with the siege at the supermarket. 

• Meanwhile, gunman in the grocery store has threatened to kill hostages if police storm the building where the Charlie Hebdo massacre suspects are holed up.

•  It emerges that the Kouachi brothers were on a British watch and no-fly list to prevent them from entering the UK or passing through a British airport.

• 3.55pm: Gunshots are heard at the scene of the siege in Dammartin-en-Goele and smoke can is  seen above the building. Police launches an assault on the printworks where the Charlie Hebdo suspects were.

• 4.15pm: Reports emerge that both the Kouachi brothers are dead, while the person held hostage by them has been freed. The suspects allegedly came out of the printworks building firing at security forces.  French security forces later confirm that all the gunman have  been killed and hostages are freed.

• 5pm: Reuters and French media report four hostages have died. 


Below, Police storms the supermarket killing Coulibaly.




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