Footage Of Deadly Terror Attack On Paris Magazine Captures Callous Murder Of Police Officer (VIDEO)

Armed gunmen are on the run in Paris after attacking the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, leaving at least 12 people dead and many more injured.

At around midday local time, at least two masked attackers stormed the offices – armed with AK47 rifles, pump action shot-guns and according to some reports, a rocket launcher.

Images and video of the attack begin circulating on social media almost immediately, revealing the sequence of the furious attack.

One such video purports to be taken from a rooftop and shows a gun battle in the street between the attackers and local police. In the footage, which readers are warned is extremely upsetting, a policeman falls to the ground after apparently being shot by the gunmen.  The gunmen then walk casually toward the officer, who lays prone on the ground, begging for his life – and execute him with a gunshot to the head.

The motives and identities of the attackers remain unknown at time of writing, and Parisian police have launched a manhunt after the attackers fled the scene by car. The Guardian has compiled a list of what we know so far.

  • So far, 12 people have been confirmed dead – 10 Charlie Hebdo staff and two police officers. Five others are seriously wounded.
  • The attackers fled the scene and later hijacked a car. They have not been caught.
  • The terror alert in Paris have been raised to its highest level.
  • French president François Hollande said the country was in shock following what he described as a terrorist attack.
  • Charlie Hebdo magazine had been the subject of violent attacks in the past, following its publication of cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. Its offices were firebombed in 2011, and recent threats had also been made against it and other media groups.

It is understood that the deceased include Charlie Hebdo’s editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier, and four of the most prominent cartoonists in France.

Press Association reports that Charlie Hebdo’s editor-in-chief, Gérard Biard, escaped the attack because he was in London:

He told France Inter: “I am shocked that people can have attacked a newspaper in France, a secular republic. I don’t understand it.

“I don’t understand how people can attack a newspaper with heavy weapons. A newspaper is not a weapon of war.”

Biard said he did not believe the attack was linked to the magazine’s latest front page, which featured novelist Michel Houellebecq, who has previously sparked controversy with comments about Islam.

And he said the magazine had not received threats of violence: “Not to my knowledge, and I don’t think anyone had received them as individuals, because they would have talked about it. There was no particular tension at the moment.”

President Hollande told reporters at the scene:

“We are threatened because we are a country of liberty,” and that the victims were “murdered in a cowardly manner”

German chancellor Angela Merkel has made a statement on the attack:

“This abominable act is not only an attack on the lives of French citizens and their security.

It is also an attack on freedom of speech and the press, core elements of our free democratic culture. In no way can this be justified.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron said in a tweet:

“The murders in Paris are sickening. We stand with the French people in the fight against terror and defending the freedom of the press.”

The United States said it condemned Wednesday’s deadly shooting attack on a French newspaper in the “strongest possible terms”.

“Everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were killed or injured in this attack,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, speaking on MSNBC.

“Senior officials at the White House have been in close touch with their counterparts in France this morning,” he added.

“The United States stand ready to work closely with the French” to help them probe the attack.

The thoughts of the entire team at Addicting Info go out to the deceased, injured, their loved ones, and all those impacted by today’s attack.