POLICE RAIDS END TWO TERROR-RELATED STANDOFFS …
|| By FITSNEWS || The manhunt is over … French police claim to have killed the two alleged perpetrators of this week’s Paris terror attack in a daring raid northeast of the French capital. A hostage taken by the suspects was also rescued during the operation.
Meanwhile another raid at a kosher supermarket in Paris has resulted in one dead gunman and three dead hostages.
Brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi – whose bloody attack on the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo killed twelve people this week – were both killed during a gun battle with police outside a warehouse where they had been hiding.
Nearly 90,000 french law enforcement personnel participated in a two-day manhunt for the brothers – which ended when police surrounded a printing plant in Dammartin-en-Goele (a commune located 20 miles north of Paris) and launched a raid at around 5:00 p.m. local time.
The brothers were reportedly traced to the facility after a carjacking victim contacted police with information about their whereabouts …
Two days ago, the Kouachis allegedly stormed into the offices of Charlie Hebdo wearing masks and brandishing AK-47s. Shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great”) and “we have avenged the prophet Muhammed,” they proceeded to execute the paper’s editor – 47-year-old Stephane Charbonnier -and several of its cartoonists.
Speaking in fluent French, the brothers – French nationals of Algerian descent – allegedly called their victims out by name before shooting them in the head, execution-style.
What motivated the murderous rampage? Cartoon drawings of the prophet Muhammad … but the roots of the radicalization of at least one of the Kouachi brothers was the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq (and the subsequent torture of prisoners by American soliders at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad).
In the other raid, police stormed a supermarket in Porte de Vincennes – killing suspect Amedy Coulabaly. Three of Coulabaly’s hostages were found dead in the aftermath of the attack, although it was not immediately clear when they died.
French president Francoise Holland referred to Coulabay’s rampage at the Hypercacher supermarket as a “terrifying anti-semitic attack.”
Coulabay – who was reportedly working in concert with the Kouachi brothers – is also the prime suspect in the slaying of French police officer Clarissa Jean-Philippe. The 27-year-old officer had been on the job for just two weeks when Coulabay allegedly shot her in the head as she responded to reports of an accident.
Coulabay’s 26-year-old girlfriend – Hayat Boumeddiene – has also been named by police as a person of interest in their investigation. Boumeddiene has yet to be apprehended.
Again … like all lovers of life and liberty we condemn these attacks.
“Beyond the taking of lives, the attack on Charlie Hebdo is also an attack on free expression – a deliberate effort to suppress the free flow of the marketplace of ideas,” we wrote in the immediate aftermath of the massacre.