“A huge manhunt is under way in Paris for masked and hooded men armed with Kalashnikovs who stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people – including two policemen and eight journalists – before escaping in a car.
François Hollande, the French president, described the attack as “an act of exceptional barbarism”.
Paris prosecutor François Molins said two gunmen entered the offices of the magazine at 11.30am, killing one person in the foyer before climbing to the second floor – where the paper was holding an editorial meeting – and opening fire.
The gunmen fled in a car, killing at least one officer in exchanges of fire with police. They then carjacked another vehicle near Paris’s péripherique and fled. Molins said three suspects in total were being pursued, but the details of the investigation would remain confidential.”