FRANCE: Twelve Killed By Terrorists At Paris Offices Of Satire Magazine

Via the BBC:

Gunmen have shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in an apparent militant Islamist attack. Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor-in-chief, were among those killed, as well as two police officers. A major police operation is under way to find three gunmen who fled by car. President Francois Hollande said there was no doubt it had been a terrorist attack “of exceptional barbarity”. The masked attackers opened fire with assault rifles in the office and exchanged shots with police in the street outside before escaping by car. They later abandoned the car in Rue de Meaux, northern Paris. Witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting “we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad”.

Much of northern Paris is on lockdown as police seek the attackers, who are said to have spoken “unaccented fluent French.” The US Embassy in France has change their Twitter profile photo in solidarity. US Secretary of State John Kerry will issue a statement shortly.