Three Terrorists Killed in Simultaneous Assaults by French Police; Multiple Hostages Dead

French police stormed two hostage situations simultaneously in and near Paris today, killing three terrorists, including the Kouachi brothers, the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre on Wednesday. But at least four hostages were killed after a standoff at a kosher supermarket in the eastern part of Paris.

Said and Cherif Kouachi had taken over a print shop just north of the city near Charles DeGaulle airport with one hostage.

The Times of Israel added:

The Kouachi brothers, suspected in the Charlie Hebdo attack that killed 12 people, came out of the printing shop north-east of Paris where they were holding one hostage, guns blazing, a source tells AFP.

Amedy Coulibaly, who took hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris, was killed in the assault (embedded below) to free the hostages.

The Jerusalem Post reported:

Le Monde newspaper quoted a police official as saying that the hostage-taker at the kosher supermarket in eastern Paris had also been killed. That hostage-taker is believed to have links to the same Islamist group as the two brothers.

France 24 reported that the assaults started shortly after Coulibaly threatened to kill the hostages if the Kouachi brothers were not freed. The network also reported that there was an unconfirmed report of a second hostage-taker in the supermarket.

The status of Hayat Boumeddiene, a suspected accomplice of Coulibaly in the killing of a policewoman yesterday is unclear.

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