Paris continues to be on edge today as police close in on the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo massacre. The Daily Mail reports that two of the three alleged attackers may be holed up inside a house in northern France. French special forces have reportedly surrounded the house.
The third suspect, 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, reportedly turned himself in to police, according to another report from the Daily Mail.
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Charlie Hebdo suspects allegedly robbed gas station
Officials identified the two alleged gunmen in the Charlie Hebdo shooting who are still at large as brothers Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32. Police say they match the description of the men who carried out the deadly attack, which claimed 12 lives and injured several other people. Gunmen burst into the magazine’s headquarters shouting, “The prophet has been avenged!”
Some French media are reporting that they also allegedly robbed a gas station before they reportedly barricaded themselves in a home in the small town of Crepy-en-Valois, which is located north of Paris. However, others say French authorities are still looking for the two men, going through a 20- by 15-kilometer area around the town. Police helicopters are apparently circling the small town while anti-terrorism forces exert tight control.
There are reports that police found the brothers’ car, which reportedly had a Molotov cocktail and jihadist flag inside of it.
Charlie Hebdo carries on
According to The Independent, a number of targets were also attacked in France overnight, and officials believe those attacks were part of a backlash against the nation’s Muslim community. Meanwhile French lawmakers have declared today a national day of mourning, and thousands of people are gathering to pay their respects to the victims of the victims at Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters.
A lawyer for the satirical magazine reportedly said they will publish their next issue on Wednesday and have plans to circulate a million copies of it. Usually Charlie Hebdo’s circulation is only about 45,000 copies, and its print run is typically about 60,000 copies.