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Paris Charlie Hebdo attack: live

Latest updates after attack in which three suspect al-Qaeda gunmen attack offices of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, with 12 dead


Andrew Marszal

By , Barney Henderson and David Millward

• Three suspects named; one, Hamyd Mourad, hands himself in
• Brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi remain at large
• Seven 'friends and associates' of suspects arrested
• National day of mourning declared; midday silence
Policeman seriously injured in second Paris shooting
• Paris Charlie Hebdo attack: January 7 as it happened

Latest

08.47 One of the gunmen in the attack this morning in southwest Paris was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he fired on police officers with an automatic, seriously injuring one of them, a police source said.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is rushing to the scene of the incident near Porte de Chatillon south of Paris.

08.39 Latest on the second shooting this morning in a suburb of southwestern Paris from Henry Samuel:

 The police officer injured at Malakoff, southern Paris, is a woman. She is in a critical condition. The site has been cordoned off, with droves of police and emergency services.

However, authorities insist there is no proven link with the Charlie Hebdo killings.

According to iTele, two motorists were arguing after a collision, and when two police officers came over to help, one of the motorists opened fire. One suspect has been arrested, but the shooter has reportedly fled.

08.28 Thousands of people around the world have expressed their solidarity with satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following the attack in Paris.

We've pulled together a gallery of pictures from the global vigils held in protest against the terrorist atrocity.

One of several Je Suis Charlie protests. (ENRIQUE CASTRO-MENDIVIL/REUTERS)

08.23 Matthew Holehouse, the Telegraph's Political Correspondent, says security has been raised at major public buildings in London following the Charlie Hebdo attack:

 Extra Metropolitan Police firearms officers were brought in from elsewhere in the capital to patrol the Houses of Parliament last night.

Armed officers were also positioned at the front vehicle gates to the Palace of Westminster, in a change from normal practice.

The attack coincided with the visit of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, to London.

Police officers are also understood to have visited the officers of at least one magazine which has published articles critical of radical Islam. Staff were told to keep the front door locked and contact the Metropolitan Police at the first sign of trouble.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, will this morning chair a meeting of COBRA, the government’s civil contingencies committee.

The Prime Minister was briefed by MI5 and MI6 last night. He has offered France any assistance required from the British security services.

The threat of an attack by a militant returning from Iraq and Syria is regarded as the greatest threat to British national security.

The threat level was raised to Severe in August, meaning an attack is “highly likely” and could occur without warning.

08.17 Television station iTELE said two police officers were lying on the ground after the attack.

At least one officer has been seriously injured and one alleged gunman has been arrested, French media say.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is rushing to the scene of the incident, near Porte de Chatillon in the south of the French capital.

08.11 We're getting the first pictures from the scene of the new Paris shooting this morning.

Images show emergency medics and firefighters taking an injured person away on a stretcher near the site of the shootout in Montrouge.

Medics and police at the scene of the Montrouge shooting. Thomas Samson/AFP

08.04 Le Monde reports that the Paris prosecutor's office has said no link has been confirmed "at this time" between the latest shooting and the attack against Charlie Hebdo.

07.58 One suspect reportedly arrested after shootout in Malakoff, southern Paris.

07.57 Said Kouachi, the older brother of the two suspects still missing, lived in Reims for the past year, a neighbour confirmed to RTL.

A neighbour told RTL: “The man whose faced was shown on the TV is a guy I pass regularly in the stairs while leaving the building. He has always been correct and cordial with no problems.”

07.46 Breaking: automatic gunfire has been reported at Montrouge near Paris, with one of two municipal policemen seriously injured, and gunmen escaping in metro, say French reports.

Unclear if any link #CharlieHebdo

07.44 The seven arrests made this morning are reportedly friends and associates of the three suspects.

07.41 French sports newspaper L'Equipe - normally most accustomed to showing match results - has the headline: "Liberty 0 - Barbarity 12".

Le Figaro's front page features an editorial claiming that "we did not, for a long time, want to admit that this war existed." It says that the French people must respond with unity, and with "arming themselves - morally, of course, but also politically and judicially."

Inside the paper, however, they detail why France should have expected this; how France is deeply involved in attacks against jihadists in North Africa and the Middle East; how 15 days ago a video was produced urging French Muslims to join the jihad; how Isil's magazine has just begun publishing in French.

Le Parisien says "They will not kill freedom" - and inside describes the events as "Hollande's September 11".

Liberation featured a blacked out cover with the words: "We are all Charlie."

07.30 The interior ministry has just confirmed that seven people have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

It's not clear who they are, but we still think that the brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi are on the run.

07.27 David Chazan in Charleville-Mezieres says Hamyd Mourad, the youngest suspect who handed himself in and according to some reports was in school during attack, is in custody and has not been charged.

Hamyd Mourad is suspected of having been the getaway driver.

07.03 Manuel Valls, the French prime minister, has been speaking on French television, and announced that "several" arrests have been made.

Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-Right Front National, has also been speaking - and told France 2 that "Islamists have declared war on France".

She said: "French people need us to tell it like it is."

06.45 These image of the two suspects still on the run - Said, left, and Cherif Kouachi - have been released by the French police:

AFP

06.00 Harriet Alexander, one of the Telegraph team in Paris reports:

 France is waking up to the news that one of the three men suspected of being involved in the attack has handed himself in, while the other two remain on the run.

"Hamyd Mourad, 18, was thought to be the getaway driver but at around 11pm last night he went to police in Charleville-Mezieres, northeast of Paris, to say that he was not connected to the attack. BFMTV spoke to someone who claimed that he was at school with Mourad at the time of the attack.

"Said Kourachi, 34, and his 32-year-old brother Cherif - who is well known to police - remain on the run, and television channels this morning are warning people not to approach them and giving out a phone number to contact if they are seen by the public.

04.20 Tributes continue to pour in for the slain journalists and cartoonists. a tearful Phillipe Val, the former Charlie Hebdo, is particularly poignant and moving on France Inter.

“They were so alive, they loved to make people happy, to make them laugh, to give them generous ideas. They were very good people. They were the best among us, as those who make us laugh, who are for liberty ... They were assassinated, it is an insufferable butchery.

"We must be helped to stand up against this horror. Terror must not defeat joie de vivre and the freedom of expression.

"I am all alone, all my friends have gone...our country is not the same.A type of journalism has been exterminated.

"We must continue to laugh, but it is difficult today

03.40 David Chazan is at Charleville-Mézières, north-eastern France, where the youngest suspect surrendered, He reports:

The youngest of the three suspects, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, has surrendered to police here. He reportedly walked into the main police station of this town in north-eastern France and told investigators he was innocent.

Police have issued photos of the two other suspects still at large, Said Kouachi, 34, and his brother Cherif, 32. They are appealing to anyone who sees them to alert police but not to approach them, as they are likely to be armed. Local sources say police reinforcements have been deployed on the border with Belgium, and a manhunt is in progress in the region.

03.00 Plenty of political reaction to the horrific attack in Paris. The remarks of Ron Paul, a libertarian Republican and one time presidential hopeful, on NewsMaxTV are likely to prove controversial.

This is pretty obscene, when it comes to violence, and libertarians are pretty annoyed by anybody who initiates violence

But in the context of things, France has been a target for many, many years, because they’ve been involved in foreign affairs in Libya, and they really prodded us along in — recently in Libya, but they’ve been involved in Algeria, so they’ve had attacks like this, you know, not infrequently. So, it does involve, you know, their foreign policy as well. When people do this, you know, the rejection of the violence has to be made, and with that I agree.”

I put blame on bad policy that we don’t fully understand, and we don’t understand what they’re doing because the people who are objecting to the foreign policy that we pursue, they do it from a different perspective,” Paul added. “They see us as attacking them, and killing innocent people, so yes, they, they have — this doesn’t justify, so don’t put those words in my mouth — it doesn’t justify, but it explains it.

02.25 Police name of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the killings, Cherif Kouachi, 32 and his brother Said, 34, who are still at large and described as "armed and dangerous".

01.25 AFP and French broadcaster, iTele are both reporting that the youngest of the suspects, Hamyd Mourad, 18, has surrendered to the police at Charleville-Mezieres, 53 miles north east of Reims.

01.00 White House says President Barack Obama rang his French counterpart, Francois Hollande from Air Force One to voice his sympathy and support.

 The President reiterated his earlier remarks that our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their loved ones, and that Americans stand beside the people of France in the aftermath of this outrage. He offered the resources of the United States as France works to identify, apprehend, and bring to justice the perpetrators and anyone who helped plan or enable this terrorist attack.

President Hollande thanked the President for his words of support and provided an update on steps being taken to care for the victims and to arrest those responsible. He affirmed that France will never waver when faced with such adversity and will continue to defend the values of freedom and tolerance that the French republic and its people so nobly embody.

00.30 Francois Hollande, French president announces a day of national mourning.

 Nothing can divide us, nothing should separate us. Freedom will always be stronger than barbarity. France has always known how to defeat its enemies when it has known how to defend its values. Let us be united and we shall triumph.


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