Shalom Life | October 17, 2015

Both Charlie Hebdo and Vincennes Supermarket Terrorists Killed in Paris, Hostages Freed

French police confirm they've killed Said and Cherif Kouachi, main suspects in Wednesday's attack, and also Amedy Coulibaly, who was holding five hostage at a kosher grocery store

By: Daniel Koren

Published: January 9th, 2015 in News » World

Photo: French police near kosher market in Porte de Vincennes

Credit: REUTERS


Citizens of France were forced to endure pain and strife once again Friday after a gunman, reported to be one Amedy Coulibaly, the main suspect in Thursday's murder of a French policewoman, took multiple hostages at a kosher grocery store in Port de Vincennes.

Initial reports indicated that two hostages had been killed, and that as many as five more were being held against their will; however, recent reports state that there is no confirmation of any casualties from the siege, save for the terrorist himself, who was killed by police forces.

According to the BBC, a 37-year-old woman was able to text her mother from the supermarket in northeast Paris, claiming that five people had already been killed. Now it seems that the woman's claims were premature, though we're still waiting on new information.

At approximately 5:10pm, three loud explosions were heard outside the Hypercacher supermarket, followed by rounds of gunfire, before police reportedly stormed the building, freeing the hostages, and killing who is believed to be Coulibaly.

Images from French media showed a number of hostages running away from the scene

Coulibaly had reportedly taken the hostages three hours earlier. Whether or not he's connected to the Wednesday massacre at Charlie Hebdo remains to be seen, though a report from the Jerusalem Post does indicate that they are all members of the same terrorist cell.

As this hostage situation was transpiring, yet another hostage situation was taking place in Paris, after the suspects from Wednesday's shooting, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, took a manager of a printing warehouse hostage. As bouts of gunfire, explosions and smoke ravaged the area, the Koachi brothers ran out of the industrial zone, shooting at police with Kalashnikovs (the same weapons they used against the innocent journalists and animators that were slain on Wednesday).

French police have confirmed that both brothers, who reportedly wanted to die at martyrs, were killed as they ran out of the industrial zone, reports the Telegraph. Unfortunately, there is something quite unfulfilling about the fact that it was precisely the death the two "cowards" - to quote President Obama - were searching for.

As reports continue to pour out of France, we can take solace, at least, in the fact that the three terrorists are dead, and can no longer hurt anyone. But with their ideology still very much alive, you have to wonder what's to prevent the next batch of jihadist terrorists from wreaking havoc on the innocent in Europe.

Police are reportedly still looking for a woman affiliated to Coulibaly, a 26-year-old named Hayat Boumeddiene. She's been described as armed and dangerous.


UPDATE: Four hostages have been confirmed killed during the supermarket attack, and four more severely injured. According to AP, some 15 hostages were freed, as opposed to the previously reported figure. The Times of Israel has confirmed that it was indeed Coulibaly who was killed in Vincennes and that he claimed to be a member of the Islamic State.

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