12 killed in ‘terror attack’ at Paris magazine office

French president Francois Hollande, who visited the scene, said the attack was terror-related.

Twelve people have been confirmed dead, including two police officers in Paris shooting. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG/PARIS - Twelve people have been killed and 10 others injured in an apparent terror attack at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, French police said on Wednesday.

Local media said witnesses watched the drama unfold this afternoon from a nearby building in the heart of the French capital.

Among those killed were two police officers.

Five people are said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

Eyewitnesses say two men, wearing black hoods, entered the building armed with Kalashnikovs.

Just minutes later, shots rang out, witnesses said.

A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of Prophet Mohammad on its cover.

French president Francois Hollande, who visited the scene, said the attack was terror-related.

His cabinet will hold an emergency meeting soon.

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Attackers apparently shouted "We have avenged the prophet" shortly after the attack, according to an AFP report.

_Charlie Hebdo _editor Stephane Charbonnier also reportedly lives under police protection.

Les tireurs de #ChalieHebdo face à une voiture de police. Ils ont fait feu, les policiers ont répliqué puis reculé pic.twitter.com/Ld1sxkRLvW

France has meanwhile raised its terror alert in the greater Paris area to the highest level.

Britain has also reacted to the attack, describing it as "sickening".

It also reaffirmed that it stands beside France in the fight against terror.

This screengrab from a video posted online showed armed men approaching a man who was shot moments before on a Paris street near the 'Charlie Hedbo' offices on 7 January 2015. Seconds later, the gunmen shot the victim a second time.