At least 12 people have been killed today after three masked gunmen attacked the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo building in Paris. As many as five people were left in critical condition.
The gunmen had entered the office around midday, armed with Kalashnikov rifles and pump-action shotguns. When they entered they were said to have been shouting “Allahu akbar” (or “God is greatest”). The gunmen have since escaped by stealing a car and then hijacking a second one, according a Paris police spokesman.
This attack has been labeled as a terrorist attack by French President François Hollande.
Just an hour before the attack, Charlie Hebdo tweeted a cartoon mocking ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Meilleurs vœux, au fait. pic.twitter.com/a2JOhqJZJM
— Charlie Hebdo (@Charlie_Hebdo_) January 7, 2015
This is not the first time the Charlie Hebdo has been attacked. In 2011, the magazine was firebombed when it published a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed as the guest editor of the magazine.