Charlie Hebdo Manhunt: LIVE REPORTPosted: January 9, 2015
4:06 GMT – Charlie Hebdo staff – French Prime Minister Manuel Valls visited the headquarters of France’s Liberation newspaper Friday to “support the Charlie Hebdo journalists” who survived the attack and are being put up by the left-leaning daily.
Staff at the publication have said next week’s edition will go ahead, with a print run of one million copies, compared with its usual 60,000 a week.
14:06 GMT – Media warning – French media regulators CSA have urged TV and radio broadcasters to “act with the utmost discernment” to ensure the security of their teams and to not interfere with the investigation following the Charlie Hebdo attack and latest hostage episode.
14:05 GMT – Witnesses escape – Some witnesses to the shootings at the kosher grocery targeted by a hostage-taker in Paris’s Porte de Vincennes have managed to escape, a source close to the investigations tells AFP.
The hostage-taker burst into the mini-supermarket at around 13:00pm local time armed with two machine guns. He opened fire, the source adds, killing “at least two” and taking “at least five people hostage”.
14:05 GMT – Coulibaly – The man holding hostages in Vincennes knew at least one of the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre, a source tells AFP.
Amedy Coulibaly, 32, was seen with Charlie Hebdo suspect Cherif Kouachi in 2010 during an investigation into an attempted prison break in France. Coulibaly was convicted for his role and was well-known to anti-terrorist police.
14:05 GMT – PARIS HOSTAGE-TAKER ‘KNEW’ CHARLIE HEBDO KILLER: SOURCE
13:48 GMT – Elysee – New crisis talks are to be held at the French Elysee presidential palace at 15:15pm in relation to the hostage-taking at Porte de Vincennes.
13:33 GMT – Elite troops – Around 20 armed police, apparently elite troops, are positioned behind shields below the shop where the hostages are being held, says AFP’s Stephane Jourdin. According to a police source the “hostage taker is still in place”.
13:24 GMT – POLICE RELEASE PHOTOS OF SUSPECTS
Police have released photos of a man and a woman wanted in connection with the fatal shooting Thursday at Montrouge.
The pair, named as Amedy Coulibaly, 32, and Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, are “likely armed and dangerous”, police say.
A heavily armed man, killed a policewoman Thursday in Montrouge, south of Paris and a council employee was injured in the attack. The gunman in the latest hostage-taking in Vincennes is suspected of being the same man who killed the policewoman, according to a source.
13:24 GMT – Live footage – You can view the scene of the French security forces operation at AFP’s live feed: http://u.afp.com/RLG
13:23 GMT – Two dead – At least two people have been killed in the shooting that broke out at midday local time at a jewish grocery shop in Vincennes where at least five people are being held hostage, a source close to the investigation says.
“There are at least two dead, maybe more but for the moment we don’t know,” the source tells AFP.
13:21 GMT – AT LEAST TWO KILLED IN VINCENNES HOSTAGE DRAMA
13:20 GMT – Emergency operation – The Porte de Vincennes area is blocked by security forces, according to AFP’s Stephane Jourdain. Fire and rescue crews and police are at the scene, with a helicopter hovering overhead. She says the entrances to St Mande and Porte de Vincennes Metro stations have been closed.
13:08 GMT – Schools – Pupils in schools near the Porte de Vincennes hostage site have been confined to their buildings, the local education authority tells AFP.
13:05 GMT – SCHOOLS NEAR PARIS HOSTAGE-TAKING GO INTO LOCKDOWN: OFFICIALS
– School lockdown –
13:03 GMT – Minister en route – Francois Hollande has ordered Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve to head to the site of the latest hostage-taking in Porte de Vincennes.
Traffic on the tramway in the area has been partially suspended due to the incident.
12:58 GMT – AT LEAST FIVE HOSTAGES IN PARIS KOSHER SUPERMARKET: SOURCE
12:57 GMT – Anti-terror probe – French counter-terrorist officers are urgently investigating “events” at Port de Vincennes, an official says, without elaborating on the incident.
12:37 GMT – AT LEAST ONE INJURED IN PARIS KOSHER GROCERY SHOOTING, HOSTAGE DRAMA: SOURCES…(read more)