Reports claim one seriously injured; Suspects demand French police free Charlie Hebdo attackers; Family shopping for Sabbath reportedly among hostages
UPDATE: At least four were killed in the hostage crisis in Paris and four injured. French police kill terrorist, second accomplice at large. Several hostages freed. Two French police injured in operation.
Two terrorists have taken several hostages in a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris Friday afternoon. According to initial reports, at least 6 people are being held, one seriously wounded. Most of the hostages are believed to be woman and children, French lawmaker Meyer Habib told Israel’s Army Radio that the hostages are “a family with kids, there shopping for Shabbat [Sabbath].”
France’s Foreign Ministry denied reports that two were killed when the gunmen took the hostages.
According to Reuters, the suspects are 32-year old Amedy Coulibaly and 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddienne. Coulihaly is reportedly the gunman who shot a policewoman dead on Thursday where he fled to the French Metro.
Coulihaly has reportedly demanded that French police allow the Charlie Hebdo attackers free for the release of the hostages.
French police forces have ordered all shops in the Jewish neighborhood to be closed in wake of the event. Jewish communities leaders have also warned Jews in Paris to remain in their homes.