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01/07/2015 11:01 am ET Updated Jan 07, 2015

John Kerry Condemns 'Horrific' Paris Terrorist Attack

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spoke about the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, calling it "horrific" and reassuring the people of France that "each and every American stands with you today."

"No country knows better than France that freedom has a price, because France gave birth to democracy itself," Kerry added.

Twelve people were killed in the attack and eight people were injured, France's Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed. The victims include two police officers; Charlie Hebdo's publisher, Stéphane Charbonnier; and cartoonists Cabu, Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac, who is also known as Tignous.

"[The terrorists] may wield weapons, but we in France and in the United States share a commitment to those who wield something that is far more powerful," Kerry added. "Not just a pen, but a pen that represents an instrument of freedom, not fear."

French President Francois Hollande called the killings "a terrorist attack without a doubt." Witnesses told police that the gunmen shouted, "We have avenged the prophet," according to Agence France-Presse.

"The murderers dared proclaimed Charlie Hebdo is dead," Kerry said. "But make no mistake, they are wrong."

President Barack Obama released a statement Wednesday morning condemning the shooting.

"France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world," Obama said in the statement. "Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice."

See more updates on the situation in Paris below:

01/09/2015 11:02 PM EST

Pro-Israel Rally In Amsterdam Scrapped

A pro-Israel rally set for January 11 in Amsterdam was "postponed because of the current situation in Paris," the organizers Holland4Israel announced. A new date for the event was not given.

01/09/2015 9:24 PM EST

Prosecutor Reveals Details From Sieges

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins revealed more details of the siege that killed the Kouachi brothers and Amedy Coulibaly, the Telegraph reports.

- The brothers had a loaded M82 rocket launcher, two Kalashnikov machine guns and two automatic pistols.

- Coulibaly had a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Skorpion military pistol.

"On the body of one of the terrorists, the demining teams also found a grenade that had been positioned as a trap," Molins said.

01/09/2015 9:16 PM EST

Police Continue Search For Possible Accomplice

French police continued to search for Hayat Boumeddiene, a 26-year-old woman who is suspected of being an accomplice in the Paris attacks, ITV reports.

As of early Saturday morning, Boumeddiene is believed to still be on the run. She is a suspect in the killing of female police officer in Paris on Thursday, and is thought to have been the girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, who was killed by police on Friday.

01/09/2015 9:09 PM EST

'Paris is Charlie' Projected On Paris' Arc De Triomphe

01/09/2015 8:23 PM EST

Hacktivist Group Anonymous Vows Revenge For Charlie Hebdo Attack

Hacktivist group Anonymous released a video in which it states that it will shut down jihadist websites to avenge the Charlie Hebdo attack.

01/09/2015 8:20 PM EST

Prosecutor: Brothers Extensively Coordinated With Other Suspects

Paris prosecutor Francois Molins said that the Kouachi brothers had spoken on the phone more than 500 times with Amedy Coulibaly and his girlfriend Hayat Boumedienne, prior to the Paris attacks, the Guardian reports.

Both the Kouach brothers and Coulibaly were killed in dual sieges on Friday.

01/09/2015 8:15 PM EST

Memorial Outside Charlie Hebdo Offices In Paris

01/09/2015 6:14 PM EST

Footage Of French Raid On Terror Suspects In Dammartin

France's National Gendarmerie released footage of its special forces raiding the printing house in Dammartin-en-Goele where the two Charlie Hebdo attack suspects were holding a person hostage.

The National Gendarmerie also released a picture of the hostage, with their face blurred, being led to safety after the raid. Both of the suspects were killed.

01/09/2015 5:44 PM EST

Yemen Launches Investigation Into Al Qaeda Link To France Attacks

‏‏Yemen's Spokesperson in Washington Mohammed Albasha writes on Twitter that Yemen has launched an investigation into possible connections between Al Qaeda's branch in the country, and the attacks in France.

01/09/2015 5:37 PM EST

Al Qaeda In Yemen's Statement On The Attacks

Al Qaeda's Yemen branch released an audio statement on the attacks in France, after a member of the group told the Associated Press they had "directed" the assault on Charlie Hebdo.

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Soon after, the branch's senior cleric Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari issued a recording on the group's Twitter feed commenting on the "blessed raid on Paris." He denounced the "filthy" French and called them "the heads of infidelity who insult the prophets." He praised the "hero mujahedeen" who he said "taught them a lesson and the limits of freedom of speech."

Al-Nadhari stopped short of directly claiming responsibility for the attack, but added, "How can we not fight those who hurt our prophet, slandered our religion and fought the faithful."

Addressing the French, he said, "It better for you to stop striking Muslims so you can live in peace. But if you only wish for war, then rejoice, you will not enjoy peace as long as you wage war on God and his prophets and fight Muslims."

It was not immediately clear why al-Nadhari did not outright said al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was behind the attack. The member told the AP that the group as delaying its official declaration of responsibility for "security reasons."

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