Masked gunmen today stormed the offices of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.
As many as 11 people are confirmed killed, The Guardian reports. Five people are also critically injured, Xavier Castaing, communications manager for the Paris police, confirms.
President Francois Hollande is now heading to the scene.
The French newspaper Le Monde writes that at least two armed men are behind the attack on Charlie Hedebo, which is located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
A large number of police officers now participate in the hunt for the men, who fled the site in a car.
According to Europe1, a witness says that he observed "two men wearing black hoods. They shouted Allahu Akbar, as they ran out. "
Two men "stormed" a building, shot a policeman, hijacked a car and struck a pedestrian before they ran off, AFP journalist Erik Randolph, writes on Twitter.
This week's edition of Charlie Hebdo had a story on Michel Houellebecq, who is a very controversial writer and filmmaker.
Today the satire magazine also published a caricature picture of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, on Twitter.
Two years ago Charlie Hebdo published a special issue with caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. The satire magazine was attacked then too.
Twelve people, 10 journalists and two policemen, have been killed, and 10 others wounded in the shooting massacre at the Paris headquarters of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Three of the wounded are in critical condition.
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