Gunmen attacked the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people in what President François Hollande said was “undoubtedly a terrorist attack” Follow France 24’s live blog for latest news
- French President François Hollande spoke to the press at the scene and stated that the shooting was “undoubtedly a terrorist attack”, adding that “several terrorist attacks were thwarted in recent weeks”.
- The gunmen were armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher, according to sources close to the investigation.
- The attackers fled the building and their whereabouts are unknown.
- France raised its security alert to the highest level and reinforced security at places of worship, shops, media offices and transportation.
- Charlie Hebdo has drawn repeated threats for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, among other controversial sketches.A firebomb attack gutted the magazine’s headquarters in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammed on its cover.