In another clip on Television station iTELE, they are heard shouting: “We have killed Charlie Hebdo. We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad.” [Reuters]
IN A cunningly ruthless daylight terrorist attack, the famed satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo was targeted in Paris by Islamists who were seeking revenge for depictions of Muhammad. After the newspaper was firebombed in 2011, the cartoonist Luz was pictured holding the front page of Mohamed that caused the attack at the time. Pictures by AFP also show Luz licking the cartoon of Muhammad.
As for the outrageous claim that the terrorists have “killed Charlie Hebdo,” that’s unlikely in the extreme. The paper goes back to the time of Marie-Antoinette and the French Revolution.
Cartoonists around the world respond with heartbreaking accuracy.
— David Pope (@davpope) January 7, 2015
French intelligence had reportedly thwarted several coming attacks recently, but this attack, which was obviously well planned, seems to have stunned Paris authorities.
“They came to kill, not to die,” was the description by one expert on CNN.
Masks were worn to protect their identity, because escaping the attack was a prime goal. The videos of the attack being shown across the media reveals people who were trained, though what group is responsible is still under wide speculation.
The terrorists who succeeded in placing Paris in lockdown remain at large. A massive manhunt is underway.
As a lover of France, especially Paris, I stand in solidarity with those brave cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo who lost their lives in the service of freedom of expression.
The newspaper’s editor-in-chief, Stéphane Charbonnier, who was known as “Charb,” and also cartooned for the publication, was gunned down. Also killed were well-known cartoonists Cabu, Wolinski and Tignous. [Huffington Post]