Charlie Hebdo shooting  

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"I stand with Charlie Hebdo, as we all must, to defend the art of satire, which has always been a force for liberty and against tyranny, dishonesty and stupidity ... religious totalitarianism has caused a deadly mutation in the heart of Islam and we see the tragic consequences in Paris today." --Salman Rushdie, Time, 7 January 2015. [1]

"Millions of French people came out onto the streets to define, as a priority of their society, the right to pour scorn on the religion of the weak."--Who is Charlie? (2015) by Emmanuel Todd

"... what incited them [i.e. the Kouachi brothers ] to jihadism were things like Abu Ghraib and the U.S. attack on Iraq and other events of humiliation of Muslims."--Noam Chomsky, Town Hall on Terror, Kade Crockford of the Massachusetts ACLU and author and MIT professor Noam Chomsky The Baffler, January 22, 2015 [2]

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On 7 January 2015 two masked gunmen armed with Kalashnikov rifles, a shotgun, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher stormed the headquarters of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killed 12 people and injured 11.

The gunmen entered the building and began shooting with automatic weapons, while shouting "Allahu Akbar". Up to 50 shots were fired during the attack. Following a massive manhunt, the French police believe they have located the attackers and are mounting an operation against them. One suspect has turned himself in.

The incident is France's deadliest act of terrorism since 18 June 1961, when 28 people died in a train bombing.

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