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01/09/2015 07:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Hostage-Taker Killed At Kosher Grocery Store In Paris

SWAT teams raided a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris, killing a gunman who had opened fire and taken at least five hostages. Reuters reports that four hostages were killed. The New York Times reports that five hostages were injured, and another five freed. The gunman's accomplice reportedly escaped.

vincennesMembers of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris. (Credit: Thomas Samson/Getty)

The standoff came as a separate incident unfolded in northern France, where two brothers who are suspected in Wednesday's rampage at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed after taking a hostage at a printing plant. According to police, the gunman at the market had threatened to kill the hostages if police storm the printing press.

The AP reports that Amedy Coulibal, the prime suspect in the grocery store attack, was closely linked to Cherif Kouachi, one of the brothers suspected of attacking Charle Hebdo. Coulibal and Kouachi were reportedly involved in a 2010 plot to free an Algerian convicted of bombing the Paris subway in 1995, according to CNN.

A police official told the Associated Press that a man opened fire in the market and declared "you know who I am." The assailant is alsoa suspect in yesterday's killing of a policewoman on the southern edge of Paris. On Thursday, police released a photo of Amedy Coulibaly and his suspected accomplice, Hayet Boumddiene.

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The Guardian has background on the two suspects here.

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Locations of the grocery store, the standoff in Northern France, and the Charlie Hebdo offices

Watch a live stream of the scene outside the grocery store here:

This is a developing story....check back for updates.

Photos from the scene below:

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Members of the French police force take positions near the grocery store (Credit: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)


Members of the French police forces taking position by the kosher grocery store in Saint-Mande, near Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, where at least one person was injured when a gunman opened fire at the kosher grocery store and took at least five people hostage. (Credit: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)

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French police officers gather near a hostage-taking situation at a kosher market, visible in the background at left, in Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. (Credit: Michael Euler/AP Photo)

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BEFORE YOU GO

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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