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Charlie Hebdo attack: Manhunt for gunmen enters third day

Police patrol during manhunt for suspects in attack at Charlie Hebdo in Longpont. 8 Jan 2015

Heavily armed police swamped the village of Longpont, north-east of Paris, on Thursday

A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday’s deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day.

French police are concentrating their search in a rural area of Picardy north-east of Paris where the two men reportedly robbed a petrol station.

For a second night, vigils were held in Paris for the 12 victims of the attack.

In Washington, President Barack Obama signed a book of condolence at the French embassy.

“We go forward together knowing that terror is no match for freedom and ideals we stand for,” he wrote, adding: “Vive la France!”

On Friday the Council of Paris is due to hold an extraordinary meeting in which Charlie Hebdo will be made an honorary citizen of the city.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said it was a rare honour.

“It’s also to give strength, to comfort, and to say that these values which were represented by Charlie Hebdo are an integral part of our values,” she said.

The attackers are believed to be militant Islamists angered by the satirical magazine’s irreverent depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Eight journalists, two police officers, a caretaker and a visitor died when two masked men armed with assault rifles burst into the Paris offices. Eleven people were wounded, four of them critically.

Police named the suspects as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, born in Paris of Algerian parents.

Photos of the suspects released by French police - Cherif and Said Kouachi - 8 January
French police released photos of the Kouachi brothers – Cherif (L) and Said (R)
President Barack Obama with French Ambassador Gerard Araud. 8 Jan 2015
President Obama visited the French embassy in Washington, signing a book of condolence and meeting ambassador Gerard Araud

 

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