Up until now, police had not linked the murder of 12 people on Wednesday morning in a terrorist attack on the Paris-based Charlie Hebdo magazine to the shooting in Montrouge the next day, but a police source said initial investigations had revealed a “connection” between the suspects in both investigations.
The suspicion arose early Friday after police identified a suspect in the killing of the policewoman and had taken two people in his immediate circle into custody, according to a source close to the investigation.
The policewoman came under fire while responding to a traffic accident, with witnesses reporting that the shooter fled in a Renault Clio.
Police sources said the assailant wore a bullet-proof vest and had an assault rifle and a handgun.
The suspect has now taken hostages at a kosher store in eastern Paris.
Brothers suspected in a newspaper terror attack were cornered with a hostage inside a printing house on Friday, after they hijacked a car and police followed them to a village near Paris’ main airport.
Security forces backed by a convoy of ambulances streamed into the small industrial town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, in a massive operation to seize the men suspected of carrying out France’s deadliest terror attack in decades. One of the men had been convicted of terrorism charges in 2008, and a U.S. official said both brothers were on the American no-fly list.
At least three helicopters hovered above the town. Nearby Charles de Gaulle airport closed two runways to arrivals to avoid interfering in the standoff, an airport spokesman said. Schools went into lockdown and the town appealed to residents to stay inside their houses.
Supposedly these scumbags want to die as martyrs. Give them their wish, please.
2:36 P.M. At least one injured at shooting near kosher grocery. (Haaretz)
2:27 P.M. Armed man takes hostage in kosher grocery east of Paris, according to AFP.
Going to be a long day in Paris.
Update: Live blog at PJ Media.