Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Muslim terrorists apparently can’t take a joke!
At least 11 people were killed when gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher opened fire in the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, Paris prosecutors said. “At this stage” ten people are dead, said the prosecutor’s office, without detailing how many had been injured. A source close to the investigation said two men “armed with a Kalashnikov and a rocket-launcher” stormed the building in central Paris and “fire was exchanged with security forces.”
The source said gunmen had hijacked a car and knocked over a pedestrian as he sped away. The publication’s cartoonist Renaud Luzier earlier told AFP there were “casualties” after the incident. The satirical magazine gained notoriety in February 2006 when it reprinted cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that had originally appeared in Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, causing fury across the Muslim world.
Its offices were fire-bombed in November 2011 when it published a cartoon of Mohammed and under the title “Charia Hebdo”. In September 2012 Charlie Hebdo published cartoons of a naked Mohammed as violent protests were taking place in several countries over a low-budget film, titled “Innocence of Muslims”, which was made in the United States and insulted the prophet. Editor Stephane Charbonnier has received death threats and lives under police protection.
In a late-night telephone interview with CNN, Paris Deputy Mayor Patrick Klugman said the three gunmen have been identified and “may have been arrested.” One “may have been prosecuted in the past,” he said, but he did not know the charge. The Associated Press, citing police officials, named the suspects as Frenchmen Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi. The news agency identified the 18-year-old as Hamyd Mourad. It quoted one official as saying the suspects were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network. Cherif Kouachi, his photo above, was convicted on terrorism charges in 2008 for helping to send fighters to Iraq’s insurgency and was sentenced to 18 months in prison, AP reported.
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