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Gunmen killed in police raids in Paris

India Blooms News Service | | 10 Jan 2015, 10:53 am
Paris, Jan 10 (IBNS): Heavily armed police units conducted simultaneous raids in north and east of Paris halting an Islamic rampage that had started on Wednesday with a massacre at a satirical newspaper.

According to media reports, the militants suspected of orchestrating France’s worst terror onslaught - two brothers of Algerian descent and an associate of African origins - were killed.

Also dead were four of the people held hostage at Hyper Cacher, the kosher supermarket located in eastern Paris.

During the assault by police officers on the kosher supermarket, Special Forces were sprayed with bullets. Sources said the supermarket had been booby-trapped, making it especially hard to get to the hostage taker.

Altogether, 20 people, including the three militants, died in three days of bloodshed.

President Francois Hollande, in a solemn address to the nation on Friday, described as the work of “madmen, fanatics” who had created “a tragedy for the nation that we were obliged to confront.”