On January 7th 2015 12 people were shot and killed in what is believed to be France's worst terrorist attack since a train bombing in 1961 killed 28 civilians. The shooting is thought to have been done by members of the Islamic faith who opposed the content of the magazine.

Amongst the dead are eight employees of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine published in Paris. Two National Police Officers were also killed, with a further 11 people wounded. It is thought that the attack is in response to satirical images the magazine published related to the Islamic prophet Mohammad. One of the gunmen in the attack is believed to have cried "We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad.

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We have killed Charlie Hebdo!" following the attack in which up to 50 bullets were fired.

President Francois Hollande has publicly said the massacre is a terrorist attack "of exceptional barbarity".

The magazine had previously been attacked in 2011 following previously published satirical images of the Islamic prophet and named him as the "editor-in-chief" of the publication. 

Cherif and Said Kouachi are publicly thought to be the two main suspects in the shooting, and today they were reported to have attacked a service station in the North of France. They stole food and petrol before unleashing more shots near Villers-Cotterets, though nobody is thought to have been hurt this time. The Kouachi brothers fled the scene in Renault Clio, heading in the direction of Paris. All of this is currently unconfirmed.

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A third suspect, Hamyd Mourad, handed himself into police on January 8th, claiming that he was in college during the time of the attack, with his classmates defending him on social media. It is currently unknown whether his alibi is true. 

In possibly related news, two further shooting occurred in France today. A gunman shot dead a police woman in southern Paris, and a second person is believed to be seriously injured following an attack in Montrouge, from which the suspect fled. It is currently unknown is these new attacks are related to the Kouachi brothers.