Jihadists Holding People Hostage at Multiple Locations in Paris

Posted: Jan 09, 2015 8:35 AM

Terror continues in Paris today as Jihadists at two different locations hold people in the locked down city. 

The first situation is with the two brothers who carried out the attack on Charlie Hebdo earlier this week. 

The two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack Wednesday were cornered by police Friday inside a printing house in the small industrial town of Dammartin-en-Goele. One lawmaker said they told negotiators they "want to die as martyrs."

The next is suspected to be the man who shot a French police woman Tuesday night. He is reportedly holding people hostage inside a Kosher deli/grocery store in Paris with his girlfriend. They are armed with two AK-47s and is holding women and children hostage.

A gunman seized an unknown number of hostages at a kosher market in eastern Paris, France's anti-terrorism prosecutor said. A police official, who was not authorized to speak to the media about the events, told The Associated Press there were several hostages and wounded in the kosher market.

UPDATE: Two people have reportedly been killed at the grocery store.


UPDATE (Dan): The police have a suspect:

UPDATE (Dan): Police are taking extra precautions to minimize civilian casualties:

UPDATE (Dan): Still unconfirmed.

UPDATE (Dan): The suspected Charlie Hebdo killers also reportedly said they hope to "die as martyrs."

UPDATE (Dan): To be clear, there are two separate hostage situations unfolding right now in France. At the kosher supermarket, where there are a number of reported hostages, the gunman is issuing increasingly desperate threats.

UPDATE (Dan): Meanwhile...

UPDATE (Dan): These hostage situations appear to be coordinated and linked:

A gunman holding at least five hostages in a Paris kosher market has threatened to kill them if French authorities launch an assault on two cornered al-Qaida-linked brothers suspected in a newspaper massacre, a police official said Friday.

UPDATE (Dan): Stay tuned...

UPDATE (Dan): It seems the police have moved in.

UPDATE (Dan): More evidence the gunmen coordinated the standoffs.

UPDATE (Dan) : Police reportedly moved in on both locations at the same time.

These reports are *unconfirmed*.

UPDATE (Dan): Great news.


UPDATE (Dan): Meanwhile, at the other standoff...

UPDATE (Dan): The two brothers are dead, according to a local government official.

UPDATE (Dan): Confirms CNN's reporting.

UPDATE (Dan): He wasn't just "neutralized"; he was killed.

UPDATE (Dan): Despite the successful and coordinated police operations, some hostages have reportedly been killed.

UPDATE (Dan): It is unclear at this point how many hostages have been killed. Some media organizations are reporting none; others are reporting as many as five. (Also see previous update). We will let you know when we know with certainty.

UPDATE (Dan): The French president is slated to speak soon.

UPDATE (Dan): Another big development.

UPDATE (Dan): Prayers.

A Paris prosecutor says that four people who died in an attack against a kosher grocery were killed when the assailant entered the store — not when police tried to rescue them.

This post has been updated with additional information.