Friday, January 09, 2015

Scenes From Paris Kosher Grocery Hostage Siege

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

Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. A woman was seen leaving the building.

The assault came moments after a similar raid on the building where two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo newspaper massacre were cornered. The gunman at the market had threatened to kill those inside if the brothers were harmed.

A police official told news-outlets, that at least 4 hostages are dead, including one gunman.

French President Francois 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.

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