12 dead in Paris magazine shooting.

Mass shooting at French satirical magazine offices leaves at least 11 dead.

At least 11 people have been killed – 9 journalists and 2 policemen – and 10 injured in a shooting at the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper firebombed in the past after publishing cartoons in 2011 joking about Muslim leaders, according to Paris police.

Witnesses say there was sustained gunfire at the office as the attackers opened fire with assault rifles.

Emergency teams at the scene of the Paris shooting. 

“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (guns),” Benoit Bringer told the station.

“A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,” he said, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building.


French President Francois Hollande is travelling to the scene of shooting, calling an emergency cabinet meeting. A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover. The satirical weekly has courted continued controversy in the past with its depiction of news and current affairs. 

Its latest tweet was a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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