Gunmen have attacked French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris Wednesday, with officials reporting 12 fatalities – including two police officers. President François Hollande called it a terrorist attack, SIA reports with refrence to France 24.
French President Francois Hollande spoke to the press at the scene and stated that the shooting was “undoubtedly a terrorist attack”. Hollande added that “several terrorist attacks were thwarted in recent weeks”.
The gunmen were armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher, according to sources close to the investigation.
The government raised its alert level to the highest possible in the greater Paris region.
Charlie Hebdo has drawn repeated threats for its caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, among other controversial sketches.
A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover.