At least 11 people have been killed in a shooting in Paris at the offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper famous for publishing cartoons lampooning Muslim leaders including Mohammed.
“About a half an hour ago two black-hooded men entered the building with Kalashnikovs (guns),” Benoit Bringer told the French TV. “A few minutes later we heard lots of shots.”
According to eyewitness reports, the two men were then seen fleeing the scene.
According to Reuters, a firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover.
YNet News expands on the connection between the attacks and radical Islam:
Satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has on several occasions depicted Islam’s prophet in an effort to defend free speech and defy the anger of Muslims who believe depicting Mohammad is sacrilegious. In 2012, two men were arrested in France on suspicion of plotting to behead the editor of the satirical journal for the comics. This followed a September issue with a front cover showing an Orthodox Jew pushing a turbaned figure in a wheelchair with several caricatures of the Prophet on its inside pages, including some of him naked.