Four people were shot and killed during a siege at a kosher market in Paris on Friday.
A prosecutor in Paris told the Associated Press the gunman shot the victims when he entered the store.
Police identified the man who stormed the Hyper Cacher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, a Jewish community in the 12th arrondissement, as 32-year-old Amedy Coulibaly. One official said he appears linked to Wednesday's shooting at the offices of satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which left 12 people dead. Coulibaly is also suspected in the shooting death of a policewoman on a Paris roadside Thursday.
French President Francois Hollande said in a televised address that the siege at Hyper Cacher was an “anti-Semitic” attack. The Grand Synagogue in Paris has been closed for Shabbat for the first time since World War II, according to The Jerusalem Post's Michael Wilner.
Shops in the area were ordered closed after Coulibaly walked in and opened fire on the market, declaring, "You know who I am," the AP reports. He held 15 shoppers hostage inside; 30 others reportedly hid in the building's cold storage unit for hours, according to the Daily Mail.
As the hostage situation made news, #JeSuisJuif, a hashtag expressing solidarity with the Jewish population of France, began trending on Twitter.
Couliably was killed when police stormed the market hours later. Four of the hostages are in critical condition, according to Agence France-Presse. Among others wounded in the assault were two police officers.
"It's war!" one woman reportedly screamed as she fled the scene with her daughter.
The FBI tweeted that French police are still searching for Couliably's alleged accomplice, a woman named Hayet Boumddiene.
The situation at the market was unfolding at the same time a second standoff was taking place at a printing house in Dammartin-en-Goele, a small community near Charles de Gaulle International Airport. Brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, the suspects accused of killing 12 people at the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday, were both killed when they reportedly came out of the building shooting, prompting return fire from police.
Police stormed the Hyper Cacher moments later; earlier in the day, Coulibaly had allegedly threatened to kill the hostages in the market if police stormed the printing press where the brothers were located.
Locations of the grocery store, the standoff in Northern France, and the Charlie Hebdo offices
UPDATE: Language has been changed based on new information that indicates the four people killed by the gunman were never taken hostage.
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
Pens, flowers, a flag, and a bottle of wine. Vive la France... pic.twitter.com/6MBaXWHkjd— Mark MacKinnon (@markmackinnon) January 10, 2015
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.
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."