Charlie Hebdo Suspects Killed in Police Raid

Kouachi brothers dead; third hostage-taker killed in separate police raid elsewhere
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 9, 2015 10:40 AM CST
Updated Jan 9, 2015 5:52 PM CST
Paris Suspects Killed in Police Raid: Reports
French police officers gather near a hostage-taking situation at a kosher market, visible in the background at left, in Paris, Friday.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The brothers sought in this week's deadly Paris massacre have been killed in a police raid, reports the BBC. Security forces launched an assault on the building where Said and Cherif Kouachi were holed up outside Paris and killed the pair while freeing the hostage they were holding. One official tells the AP that the two came out shooting; earlier, they had said they wanted to die like martyrs. A second, related siege at a kosher market in Paris also is over, though four hostages were reportedly killed, along with a hostage-taker, reports Reuters. Police believe the hostages were killed before police attacked the market. Four other hostages suffered serious injuries and 15 were rescued unhurt.

In the latter siege, an ally of the Kouachi brothers, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, was identifed as the hostage-taker, and he demanded the Kouachi brothers' release. He also is suspected of killing a female police officer in Paris yesterday. Authorities are seeking his female partner, Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, though it remains unclear what role she played in the two crimes. The two raids were launched simultaneously, reports the New York Times. The Kouachi brothers had been tracked down to the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, near Charles de Gaulle Airport. (More Cherif Kouachi stories.)

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