Twelve people were killed and four left critically wounded today when armed gunmen carried out a 'massacre' at the offices of a notoriously anti-Islamic satirical magazine in Paris.
Two masked men brandishing Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers burst into the Charlie Hebdo headquarters, opening fire on staff.
According to Dailymail, By midday, there were reports of up to 11 people dead and 10 wounded, four critically, including journalists, administrative staff, and police officers who attended the scene.
Pierre de Cossette, a broadcast journalist with Europe1 News, said: 'Several men in black cagoules were heard to shout "the Prophet has been avenged".'
Officers were involved in a gunfight with the men, who escaped in a hijacked car and sped away from the 15th arrondissement office, towards east Paris.
As well as the AK47 assault rifles, there were also reports of a rocket-propelled grenade being used
Florence Pouvil, a salesperson at Lunas France on Rue Nicolas Appert, opposite Charlie Hebdo offices, told MailOnline:
'I saw two people with big guns, like Kalashnekovs outside our office and then we heard firing. We were very confused.'
'There were two guys who came out of the building and
shot everywhere. We hid on the floor, we were terrified.They came from the building opposite with big guns. It has a bunch of different companies inside. Some of our co-workers work there so we were frightened for them.
'They weren't just firing inside the Charlie Hebdo offices. They were firing in the street too.
'We feared for our lives so we hid under our desks so they wouldn't see us. Both men were dressed in black from head to toe and their faces were covered so I didn't see them.
They were wearing military clothes, it wasn't common clothing, like they were soldiers.'
A visibly shocked French President François Hollande, speaking live near the scene of the shooting, said:
‘At this moment, there are 11 killed and four critically injured – this is not the final figure.
‘We do not yet know the exact number of victims. The security level in Paris has been raised. We are looking for the perpetrators of this crime.
Brothers Cherif Kouachi (left), 32, & Said Kouachi (right), 34, both from Paris, have been identified as the men who stormed into the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo yesterday and killed 12 people, including two police officers. A third suspect, 18 year old Hamyd Mourad, who didn't fire any shorts, surrendered to police late last night after seeing his name circulating on social media. The two brothers, who are said to have been trained in Yemen as assassins, are still at large.
One of the suspects, Cherif Kouachi & 6 others were arrested and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment for terrorism in Paris in May 2008. All seven men were accused of sending about a dozen young Frenchmen to join Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, after funneling them through radical religious establishments in Syria and Egypt. French authorities believed Kouachi had been planning to go to Syria for training in 2005.They shot a police officer at point blank range as they fled the Charlie Hebdo office yesterday.