Gunmen Killed In Paris Terror Attacks
With explosions and gun-fire, security forces on Friday ended a three-day terror spree around Par-is, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous ram-page at a satirical news-paper and an associate who seized a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape. The worst terrorist attacks France has seen in decades left at least 20 people dead, including the three gun-men. The fate of a fourth suspect — a female accomplice of the market attacker — remained unclear. At least seven people were killed Friday — the three terrorists and at least four hostages — a policewoman was killed Thursday and 12 people were massacred in the Par-is newspaper attack Wednesday. Sixteen hostages were freed Friday, one from the printing plant where the two brothers were holed up and 15 others from the Paris grocery store. Paris shut down a famed Jewish neighbor-hood amid fears that a wider terror cell might launch further attacks. French President Francois Hollande urged his nation to remain united and alert. Calling the grocery attack “a terrifying anti-Semitic act,” he said the terrorists were “fanatics who have nothing to do with the Islamic religion.” “The threats facing France are not finished,” he said. “We must be vigilant.” The four attackers had ties to each other and to terrorism that reached back years and ex-tended from Paris to al-Qaida in Yemen. They epitomized Western authorities’ greatest fear: Islamic radicals who trained abroad and came home to stage at-tacks. Said and Cherif Kouachi, the brothers who attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly, came out with guns blazing Friday evening after an all-day hostage siege at a print-ing plant northeast of Paris, a French police official said. They were killed and their hostage was freed, authorities said. An accomplice, Amedi Coulibaly, took hostages Friday after-noon at a kosher grocery in the Porte de Vincennes neighbourhood in Paris — then died in a nearly simultaneous raid there, said Gael Fabiano of the UNSA police un-ion. Coulibaly had threatened to kill his hostages if French authorities launched an assault on the two brothers, a police official said. A French television news network spoke directly with two of the terrorists Friday be-fore they died. BFM television said it spoke with Cherif Kouachi as he and his brother were cornered near Charles DeGaulle airport and he told the station they were financed and dispatched by al-Qaida in Yemen. The station also said it spoke with Coulibaly, who said the three men were coordinating and that he was with the militant Islamic State group.