Paris shooting suspects surrounded
Paris, Jan 9: French police have surrounded a building in a northern town, Dammartin-en-Goele, where two men suspected of the Charlie Hebdo massacre are said to have a hostage.
Shots were fired and several people are said to have been wounded as events unfolded in the small town 35km from Paris.
The development comes nearly 48 hours after the attack on the magazine’s office, in which 12 people were shot dead.
Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told iTELE television he was fairly sure the two suspects were in the building currently surrounded.
“We are almost certain it is those two individuals holed up in that building.”
Yohann Bardoux, a plumber whose office is two doors down from the printing shop where the hostage drama is taking place stayed away from work after hearing gunfire. But he said his mother was in the building next door to the printing shop, reports said.
“Of course I’m worried about her, I hope it all comes down soon, and turns out well,” Bardoux said.
“They are everywhere. It’s really jumping. They’ve blocked the whole zones, we’ve got helicopters overhead, the police presence is impressive,” he said.
The heavily armed gunmen fled Paris by car after the attack.
French security forces have swarmed the small industrial town northeast of Paris in an operation to capture a pair of heavily armed suspects .
Thousands of French security forces have been mobilized to find Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, after the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices on Wednesday.
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