Charlie Hebdo shooting

spree shooting incident and subsequent further attacks in Paris, France, from 7 January to 9 January 2015

On 7 January 2015, at approximately 11:30 CET (10:30 UTC), three masked gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles, a shotgun, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher stormed the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.[2][4] They shot and killed 12 people, including Charlie Hebdo staff and two French National police officers, and wounded 11 others.[5][6] In Niger churches and cars were burned in protest of Muhammed on the cover of Charlie Hebdo.[7]

Charlie Hebdo shooting
Journalists, policemen, and emergency services in the street of the shooting, a few hours after the attack
Location10 rue Nicolas-Appert, 11th arrondissement of Paris, France[1]
Coordinates48°51′33″N 2°22′13″E / 48.859246°N 2.370258°E / 48.859246; 2.370258Coordinates: 48°51′33″N 2°22′13″E / 48.859246°N 2.370258°E / 48.859246; 2.370258
Date7 January 2015
11:30 CET (UTC+01:00)
TargetCharlie Hebdo employees
Attack type
Armed attack
WeaponsKalashnikov rifles
Rocket-propelled grenade launcher[2]
Non-fatal injuries
PerpetratorsSaïd Kouachi, Chérif Kouachi, and Hamyd Mourad (suspected)[3]

The gunmen entered the building and began shooting with automatic weapons, while shouting "Allahu Akbar". Up to 50 shots were fired during the attack.[8] Following a massive manhunt, the French police believe they have located the attackers and are mounting an operation against them.[9][10] On Twitter people used the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie to show support for freedom of speech after the shooting.


Charlie Hebdo is an antireligious left-wing newspaper. In 2011 the newspaper's office was firebombed because the cover of an issue of the newspaper called "Charia Hebdo" had a cartoon of Prophet Muhammed on it. The newspaper's editor-in-chief Stéphane "Charb" Charbonnier was added to Al-Qaeda's most wanted list in 2013.[11]




Saïd Kouachi and Chérif Kouachi were identified by French police as the main suspects in the shooting. The two Franco-Algerian brothers, both from Gennevilliers, are aged 34 and 32, respectively.[12][13] In 2008, Chérif Kouachi was convicted of terrorism charges and sentenced to three years in prison, along with 18 months of suspension, for having assisted in sending fighters to Iraq's insurgency.[13][14]

Hamyd Mourad, an 18-year-old homeless man of unknown nationality, was identified by the police as a third suspect in the shooting.[15][16]


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "'10 killed' as shots fired at satirical magazine headquarters". The Independent. 7 January 2015.
  3. "French police ID 3 suspects in attack on newspaper". Newsday. 8 January 2015.
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  7. Graham-Harrison, Emma (17 January 2015). "Niger rioters torch churches and attack French firms in Charlie Hebdo protest" – via
  8. "Charlie Hebdo attack – latest". BBC News. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. Zemouri, Mélanie Delattre, Christophe Labbé, Olivier Pérou, Aziz (7 January 2015). "Attentat à "Charlie Hebdo" : le Raid mène une opération à Reims". Le Point.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-01-08. Retrieved 2015-01-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. Bennett, Dashiell (1 March 2013). "Look Who's on Al Qaeda's Most-Wanted List". The Atlantic.
  12. "«Un commando organisé»". Libé 7 January 2015.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Confusion as French Hunt Magazine Attack Suspects". NBC News.
  14. "Charlie Hebdo Paris shooting: Three men suspected of killing 12 in terror attack 'holed up near Belgium border'". Daily Mirror. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. Bond, Anthony; Allen, Peter (7 January 2015). "Three men suspected of killing 12 in Paris terror attack 'arrested near Belgium'". mirror.

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