By Staff Writer
French Police Special Forces have brought to an end a hostage situation in which two Paris-born brothers who on Wednesday gunned down 10 journalists and two policemen at the offices of a satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. The two terrorists died in a hail of fire after the GIGN ended a day-long siege northeast of the French capital Paris.
We are getting reports from Paris is that the operation, led by the Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale (GIGN -The National Gendarmerie Intervention Group) ended well but that was not before another hostage drama unfolded in another part of the French capital when two terrorist, a black man and a white woman said to have been involved in another killing of a police office yesterday in the centre of Paris, held people at a grocery store.
We are also receiving reports from the French Le Monde newspaper that has quoted a police official as saying that the hostage-taker at a separate stand-off at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris has also been killed. That hostage-taker is believed to have links to the same Islamist group as the two brothers
A series of explosions erupted early this evening following a hostage situation that started early today when French Police using police helicopters with thermo-imaging equipment managed to locate the Charlie Hebdo suspects, Cherif and Said Kouachi, after they forced a woman motorist to abandon her car which they hijacked and drove towards Charles de Gaulle airport. They ended up at a publishing office where they held the owner and were later gunned down after the GIGN stormed the building. We will update this story later on tonight as it is still developing.