#AceNewsServices – FRANCE:Jan.07: Eleven people have been killed after two gunmen opened fire in the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in central Paris, Paris prosecutor’s office confirmed.
Police so far confirm the death of one journalist, AP reports. Three officers have been wounded.
“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs. A few minutes later we heard lots of shots,” a witness told local TV station iTele, adding that the men were then seen fleeing the building.
About thirty shots were fired, according to Reuters.
According to some sources, there were three armed men involved in the shooting.
A manhunt is currently underway in Paris, Le Point reported, with the anti-crime brigade (BAC) chasing two armed men in the eleventh district of Paris.
A witness told France Info media outlet that the assailants said “We will avenge the Prophet.”
“It’s a massacre. There are dead!“ an employee of the newspaper told French media outlet 20minutes, and then the call disconnected.
Charlie Hebdo is a controversial French satirical newspaper that was under attack over the publication of caricatures of Muslim leaders and Prophet Mohammed in 2011.
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#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – April 05 – (ALBN) – An explosion at a booby-trapped house, ensuing clashes with militants and a roadside bombing killed 18 soldiers Saturday in Iraq, authorities said.
The blast happened Saturday afternoon when a group of soldiers searched a farmhouse in Garma, an area near the city of Fallujah, 65 kilometres (40 miles) west of the capital, police said.
Minutes later, police said gunmen opened fire on arriving soldiers.
The blast wounded 24 soldiers and levelled the home, officials said.
#AceWorldNews says nine people were reportedly killed and 14 soldiers kidnapped on Tuesday after a clash between gunmen and Yemeni troops in the southern city of Dalea.
Gunmen attacked a truck carrying food supplies, Reuters reported, citing defence ministry officials.
In the ensuing clash, four soldiers and one officer were killed and 14 others were abducted by the gunmen. Four civilians, including a child, were also killed in the incident, according to witnesses.
Dalea is considered a stronghold for separatists demanding restoration of the former state of South Yemen, which merged with the North in 1990.
#AceWorldNews says (Reuters) – A Taliban suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a restaurant popular with foreigners in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul, killing 21 people including three United Nations staff and the IMF’s top representative in Afghanistan.
Gunmen burst into the Lebanese restaurant spraying diners with bullets after the bomber blew himself up near the entrance around 7.30 p.m. on Friday, just as people sat down to dinner.
Thirteen foreigners were among those killed, according to police, and details about the victims began to trickle through on Saturday.
The U.S. embassy said on Twitter at least two U.S. private citizens were killed. Britain and Canada confirmed they each lost two nationals. Denmark said one of its citizens also died.
The American University of Afghanistan said two of its U.S. employees died in the attack on La Taverna du Liban, a popular dining spot whose charismatic owner, Kamal Hamade, was also killed.
#AceWorldNews says an Iranian diplomat has been seriously injured as gunmen fired shots at a car belonging to the Iranian embassy near the ambassador’s residence in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, Reuters reported, citing security sources. The ambassador was not in the vehicle at the time of the attack. The attackers fled the scene and there was no immediate claim of responsibility for the assault. As sectarian violence spreads in the Arab world, Iranian diplomatic missions in the region have occasionally been targeted. The Islamic Republic is the leading Shiite power in the Middle East.