PARIS, France – Three days of terror in France have ended with more violence and death.
The days dramatic events began when police surrounded a printing plant in a village outside of Paris where brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi had taken a male hostage.
These are the same guys police say stormed the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo http://www.charliehebdo.fr/index.html, killing twelve people, including four journalists and a Muslim police officer. The brothers said their actions were in the service of Allah, and that they wished to die as martyrs.
A reporter called the building during the siege, and Cherif Kouachi answered.
“We are just telling you that we are the defenders of prophet Mohammed,” he said. “I was sent, me, Cherif Kouachi, by Al Qaeda in Yemen.”
The stand-off ended when the brothers ran out of the building shooting at waiting police. The hostage was not harmed.
While all that was going on, police in Paris had another hostage crisis on their hands.
This one at a kosher deli where Amedy Coulibaly, the suspect in Thursday’s murder of a police woman, had taken several hostages. His live-in girlfriend was believed to be with him.
Police moved in as the gunman began his evening prayers. Several shots rang out before police used flash-bang grenades.
He died in the fire-fight, along with four hostages. Oficials say the four hostages who died at the kosher grocery store in Paris were killed by a gunman before police stormed the market.The girlfriend may have escaped with the hostages.
French police say the three terrorists were part of the jihadist group that sent the older brother to Yemen to train with al-Qaeda.
And that has Western intelligence officials wondering when and where other trained terrorists will strike.