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4 Top French Satirical Cartoonists Gunned Down at Charlie Hebdo Offices in Paris

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Eleven people including journalists, cartoonists, staff members and two policemen were gunned down Wednesday yesterday at the offices of French satirical cartooning magazine, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris. The event has been described as the deadliest terrorist attack in France since 1961 (what was said to be a result of the Algerian war). French president Hollande called it an act of "extreme barbarity" with many foreign leaders also condemning the attack. Mainstream Muslim organisations in the UK and France have unequivocally condemned the killings, saying that terrorism is an affront to Islam.

 

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An image taken Wednesday evening of Charlie Hebdo solidarity protestors in Paris. 

Photo by Thibault Camus/Associated Press.

 

South Africa's most celebrated political cartoonist, Zapiro (Jonathan Shapiro), released a statement regarding the attack and the murder of journalists, staff members and cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo offices. Read it here.


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Those killed (from left) include economist Bernard Maris, prominent cartoonists Wolinski and Cabu, Charlie Hebdo editor Stephane Charbonnier and cartoonist Bernard Verlhac

 

Click here to read an overview of the event on the New York Times website.

Click here to read an overview of the event on BBC News.

Click here for a quicker overview and photos of the event as it happened.