Terror attack suspects killed, hostages die in second siege

Police killed two brothers accused of attacking the offices of French satirical newspaper ‘Charlie Hebdo’.

Several hostages freed at Jewish supermarket in Paris. Picture: AFP

DAMMARTIN-EN-GOELE, FRANCE - Two brothers suspected of attacking the offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed when police stormed their hideout on Friday while their hostage was freed, a police official said.

However, a police source said at least four other hostages had been killed at a separate siege at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.

The two brothers died when security forces moved in on a print works in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the chief suspects in Wednesday's attack had been holed up with their hostage.

A police source said the hostage-taker at the Jewish supermarket, who is believed to have had links to the same Islamist group as the brothers, had also been killed.

The print works at Dammartin-en-Goele, set in marsh and woodland, had been under siege since the gunmen abandoned a high-speed car chase and took refuge there early on Friday.

Charlie Hebdo had long courted controversy with satirical attacks on Islam as well as other religions and political leaders. A witness said one of the gunmen in Wednesday's attack was heard to shout: "We have killed Charlie Hebdo! We have avenged the Prophet!"

The gunmen killed 12 people in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly, which raised questions about surveillance of radicals, far-right politics, religion and censorship in a land struggling to integrate part of its five-million Muslim population, the EU's largest.

Security sources said the French-born brothers of Algerian origin had been under surveillance and had been placed on European and U.S. "no-fly" lists.

HOLLANDE CONFIRMS FOUR DEAD

French President Francois Hollande confirmed reports on Friday that four hostages were killed at a siege of a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.

Hollande called for national unity and said the country should remain "implacable" in the face of racism and anti-Semitism.

"It is indeed an appalling anti-Semitic act that was committed," he said of the hostage-taking by an Islamist gunman at the Hyper Cacher supermarket in the Vincennes district.

Some hostages were seen rushing from the market after heavily armed police broke the siege.

CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK TIMELINE

7 January 2015

1) 11:30am Gunmen Cherif and Said Kouachi attack the headquarters of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdokilling 11 people, including the Editor-in-Chief Stephane Charbonnier.

2) Moments later: A Muslim policeman was killed when the two suspects fled in a stolen grey Renault Clio.

3) Gunmen flee north

8 January 2015

1) 8am A policewoman is killed and a street sweeper was shot at near a metro stop in Monrouge. Incident later linked to the brothers.

2) Heavily armed French special forces search Reims apartment for suspects linked to the terror attack. No arrests made.

3) Armed suspects wearing balaclavas reportedly spotted driving north through Picardie.

9 January 2015

1) 8:10am After almost 24 hours without a confirmed sighting of the brothers, the gunmen hijack a Peugeot 206 in Montagny-Sainte-Félicité, a small village in northern France. The pair abandon their car after it runs out of fuel.

2) Police and the suspects involved in a shootout on the N2 highway. Brothers flee to a printing works shop where they hold a person hostage.

3) Suspect involved in the killing of a policewoman storms a kosher supermarket where he holds several people hostage.

4) 4:30pm French special forces, in a coordinated attack, storm both locations killing three terrorists. Several hostages were apparently freed.