Official French update [UPDATED]

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As the hype dies down and facts get official confirmation, it’s useful to keep up to date:

Speaking at a conference, prosecutor François Molins reveals new details on both sieges

General:

  • Hayat Boumedienne, Amedy Coulibaly’s girlfriend and accomplice, is still at large;
  • Coulibaly and his girlfriend Hayat Boumedienne spoke more than 500 times to the Kouachi brothers over the phone;
  • Five people remain in detention, including the wife of one of the Kouachi brothers;
  • One of Wednesday’s wounded is still in critical condition.

Vincennes:

  • ‘Likely’ that four of the hostages were killed when the gunman entered the Kosher market, before police staged their assault;
  • Police identified Coulibaly’s DNA from a cloth found near the scene of the policewoman’s in Montrouge, leading to his identification within two hours.

Dammartin-en-Goële:

  • An employee at the printing works where the Kouachi brothers were, was hiding on the second floor, underneath the sink, but the brothers were not aware of his presence;
  • in addition to the AK47s, the Kouachis had one RPG inside the Dammartin-en-Goële printworks, ready to launch

I wonder now many random lone-wolf disgruntled madmen walk around our western neighbourhoods with RPGs?   And I’m sure their adherence to Islam is but an irrelevance.

 

UPDATE:

• Two separate police raids in Paris and Dammartin-en-Goële killed the Charlie Hebdo gunmen and a third man, ending a three-day manhunt. Police found Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, wanted for murdering 12 people in Paris on Wednesday, and cornered them in a printworks office.

• In an interview before he was killed, Cherif Kouachi claimed that he was sent by al-Qaida in Yemen, as a defender of the prophet. In a separate interview, Coulibaly said that his attack had been ‘synchronized’ with the Kouachis’ Charlie Hebdo attack.

• The Paris prosecutor revealed new details of both sieges, stating that Coulibaly, his girlfriend and the Kouachi brothers had spoken on the phone more than 500 times.

• French special forces stormed the Dammartin-en-Goële printworks and a kosher supermarket in Vincennes, Paris, trading fire with the gunmen and throwing flashbang grenades after standoffs that lasted for hours. One hostage escaped unharmed in Dammartin-en-Goële.

• Four hostages were killed and four wounded in the supermarket in Paris, where Amedy Coulibaly held civilians captive. Authorities believe Coulibaly and an accomplice killed a policewoman Thursday in southern France, naming her as Hayat Boumeddienne, and described her as “armed and dangerous” and at large.

• French president Francois Hollande addressed the nation from the Elysée, congratulating police and saying the nation must not give in to such a “terrifying antisemitic attack” like the one on the grocery. “We are a free nation that does not give in,” he said. “We carry an ideal that is greater than us.”

• World leaders pledged support for France, many of whom will join Hollande at a rally in Paris on Sunday. British prime minister David Cameron, German chancellor Angela Merkel, and EU president Donald Tusk all said they would accept Hollande’s invitation. US president Barack Obama said Paris’ spirit of freedom “will endure forever, long after the scourge of terrorism is banished from this world.”

 

 

– The Guardian


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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