Cornered! Police surround Paris gunmen, hostage taken: ‘We are ready to die as martyrs’

The latest report from Sky News puts the suspects in the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo within the cross-hairs of authorities, but the story is still developing rapidly. 

The gunmen have taken a female hostage, according to Sky News, and  reportedly told police negotiators: “We are ready to die as martyrs.”


The Islamist gunmen suspected of killing 12 people in an attack on a French satirical magazine were surrounded inside a printing house northeast of Paris Friday morning and appeared to have taken a hostage, officials said.

Hundreds of French security forces backed by a convoy of ambulances streamed into Dammartin-en-Goele, a small industrial town 25 miles outside the capital in a massive operation to seize the men suspected of carrying out France’s deadliest terror attack in 54 years.

The two suspects, identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, were holed up Friday inside CTF Creation Tendance Decouverte. Xavier Castaing, the chief Paris police spokesman, and town hall spokeswoman Audrey Taupenas, said there appeared to be one hostage inside the printing house.

According to Sky News:

One of the “heavily armed” Kouachi brothers turned up at the printing factory wearing black combat gear and a bulletproof vest and claimed to be a police officer. He then told a worker: “Get out of here, we don’t kill civilians.”

Helicopters are hovering overhead and armed police officers have flooded the area, surrounding Said and Cherif Kouachi.

Local residents are being told to stay at home, switch off the lights, and stay away from their windows. Hundreds of people are sealed inside some local office buildings.

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