Friday, January 9, 2015

Two Hostage Situations In/Near Paris Linked — Officials

ABC News has a summary; also a live link. Apparently the brothers want to die as martyrs. Some nearby schools are being evacuated; some are sheltering in place. Matters are volatile at the moment; I hope by the time you read this, it will be all over. Oh, the times we live in...

UPDATE 10:50AM CDT USA Today reports:
PARIS — Two suspects wanted in the deadly terror attack on a satirical newspaper were killed in a police assault Friday north of Paris that coincided with an assault at a second hostage standoff at a kosher supermarket in the capital, according to multiple news sources.

Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his older brother Said, 34, who had been cornered in a printing warehouse in the village of Dammartin-en-Goele, were killed in the operation, according to multiple news sites, including CNN, Le Monde and the AFP news agency,

Not many details at the moment. I don't have any details on the second hostage situation, but I haven't stopped looking.

UPDATE a few minutes later: the brothers' hostage is safe.

UPDATE another few minutes later:  the male hostage-taker at the kosher supermarket is dead; his girlfriend is still being sought. Putting aside the aversion of my youth to quoting (or having anything to do with) VoA, that is where I saw it first...

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