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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  • conwaycaptain

    I think that there is a distinct possibility or the return of the death sentence I n many countries for terrorism offences

    • Cadwallader

      It is difficult to pinpoint which countries though…NZ won’t feature on any list nor will Australia. The USA and China already have it.

      • I.M Bach

        With the way things are going I wouldn’t put it past the Aussies to reinstate it; they only did away with it in ’67 (not that long ago in the grand scheme of things) and they are getting a bit niggly about things at the moment. If they are pushed too hard the masses might call for it.

        • Cadwallader

          I question that. I spend about a quarter of my year in Western Australia which compared to NZ is a left-leaning peoples’ republic. If there is a move to reintroduce capital punishment it won’t begin there.

          • I.M Bach

            I live and work in WA, everyone I meet and talk to gives me the impression they are already ‘over it’, if you know what I mean. Maybe I hang out with too many rednecks?

          • Cadwallader

            I spend too much time in Perth’s western suburbs with too many chardonnay socialists etc..

          • I.M Bach

            Ahh, there you go….I’m way south of the city…good ol’ southern boys etc. Yeeha.

        • Pharmachick

          I have old friends in Sydney (several) and a bunch of relatives in Brisbane … the Sydneysiders are all-but calling for it and in Brissie I am led to understand that the French situation has led very much to a hardening of opinion.

    • caochladh

      Its a dilemma. Execute them and the are seen as “martyrs”, lock them up and they become a liability as well as an overbearing expense. Ultimately, I believe Vladimir had the right idea when he killed them and buried them upside down sewn into pig skins. .

      • PhantomsDoc

        Women executioners

        • Je Suis Charlie – Respect!!

          Using bullets dipped in pigs blood.

      • Kevin

        And I believe that in his home country Vladimir is regarded as a hero.

      • Pharmachick

        There is much I abhor about Putin. But not the day he ordered that. They were vulnerable little children (for the most part) that were murdered. I still hold a grudging respect for Putin re: the pigskin, upside down, away from Mecca thing. (But he should get out of the Ukraine).

      • Imogen B

        And has there been another occurrence?

      • Albert Lane

        If a jihardist is killed by a woman, he doesn’t get the virgins. The execution squads should all be women. I’m sure there would be no shortage of volunteers.

  • Eiselmann

    Even the terrorists say the attack was planned and co-ordinated, can’t wait for the day the MSM spot the trend.

  • JC

    For that to happen we will have to change the narrative considerably. No longer would the media and politicians be allowed to use words and phases like.. “cowardly, insane, mentally ill, driven by revenge, passionate, killers, radicals, lone wolf” etc. You will have difficulty executing people so described.

    The cold reality is these people have spent years and months researching, reading, communicating, doing dummy runs, planning and executing their murders.

    They are sane, very brave, rational and methodical and utterly cruel actors able to carry out the quite difficult job of murder/terrorism at the time and place of their choosing.

    Now you have a chance of executing them because you’ve better identified what they really are and in doing so recognised their real long term threat as long as they live.

    JC

  • Cowgirl

    If this rabble can coordinate all these attacks, get their hands on some serious weaponry, and then go around creating this much carnage, just imagine what they could have achieved if they’d applied themselves to proper jobs. Losers, all of them.

  • Kopua Cowboy

    Identified using DNA in two hours! Very impressive

    • Albert Lane

      They’re not going to let on how they really did identify him. You don’t tell the world your secrets. First rule of intelligence-gathering.

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