Three Muslim terrorists killed 12 people and injured 11 others in the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, in the most deadly terrorist attack in France in many years.
Charlie Hebdo had received numerous death threats in recent years, and their offices were fire-bombed in November 2011. The magazine was under police protection since then.
The terrorists shouted “Allah huwa acbar,” “God is the greatest,” adding, “We have exacted vengeance for the prophet Mohammad,” as they fled the scene of the crime.
The victims included:
- Charlie Hebdo editor and cartoonist, Stéphane Charbonnier, known under the pen name “Charb”;
- Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Georges Wolinski, 80 years old, who was with Charlie Hebdo since it was published monthly in 1960 under the name Hara-Kiri;
- Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Jean Cabut, known under the pen name “Cabu,” another of the paper’s founders whose work was central to Charlie Hebdo’s participation in the 2006 Mohammed cartoon controversy, and whose son, the French singer Emmanuel “Mano” Cabut, died in 2010;
- Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Bernard Verlhac, known under the pen name “Tignous.” an active member of Cartooning for Peace and Clowns Without Borders;
- French Economist Bernard Maris, known as “Tonton Bernard” (Uncle Bernard) to the readers of Charlie Hebdo;
- Michel Renaud, who was visiting Charlie Hebdo to organize a cultural event, “Carnet de Voyage,” in central France to honor Jean Cabut;
- police officer Franck Brinsolaro, member of the special protection service and part of Charb’s protection team;
- police officer Ahmed Merabet;
- Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Honoré;
- Charlie Hebdo copy editor Moustapha Ourrad; and
- Charlie Hebdo janitor Frédéric Boisseau.
According to DEBKA, the French police have identified two of the gunmen:
Two of the three gunmen on the loose after murdering 12 people at the French satirical magazine Wednesday have been identified as Paris-born brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, French nationals of Algerian origin aged 34 and 32. Cherif was part of an Iraqi jihadi network dismantled in Paris and sentenced to three years in prison on terror charges in May 2008. The two returned from Syria in summer. The third terrorist, Hamyd Mourad, 18, is of no fixed abode or known nationality. Last year, he reportedly was enrolled in a lycée in Charleville-Mezières around 50 miles from the Champagne capital of Reims, northeastern France.