12 Dead in Attack on Paris Newspaper
- By Matt Holden
- Jan 07, 2015
According to multiple reports, 12 people have died and three others were critically injured as gunmen opened fire at office of a Paris-based satirical newspaper early Wednesday. France’s president has called the attack a “terrorist operation.”
“This is a terrorist operation against an office that has been threatened several times, which is why it was protected,” said President Francois Hollande.
In the aftermath, France has raised its alert to the highest level, and reinforced security at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation.
President Obama also released a statement regarding the attacks, saying, “France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended.”
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.