At least 12 people died in an attack on the Paris headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.
Footage from the scene of the attack shows two armed men exiting a black car and shooting a rifle at a police officer near the building. One of the assailants then approached the officer and shot him in the head, in the video of the attack Wednesday posted on the French news website Jssnews.com.
Ten people also were wounded in the attack, five in serious condition.
The assailants escaped the scene. The identities of the victims have not yet been made known.
Two of the 12 people reported killed were police officers, according to the French daily Le Monde. Employees of the satirical magazine also are reported killed. Among them was caricaturist Georges Wolinski, 81, a French Jew who was born in Tunisia and moved to France at the age of 13 and has worked in leading publications including L’Humanité, Le Nouvel Observateur and Paris Match.
According to the Le Monde report, the assailants cried out “Allah is the greatest” and that their attack was to “avenge the prophet.”
The newspaper, which regularly runs articles and caricatures critical of religion, has published a series of satirical cartoons of the Muslim prophet Mohammed.
French President François Hollande, speaking live near the scene of the shooting, said it was a terrorist attack, adding that “France is today in shock.”
Charlie Hebdo, he added, “was threatened several times in the past and we need to show we are a united country.” He also vowed that French authorities “will punish the attackers. We will look for the people responsible.”
In a statement, European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor called the attack part of “the beginning of a wave of terror on the streets of Europe” and “a war against freedom of speech and the European way of life which has already seen Jewish children gunned down at school and people murdered in cold blood while visiting a museum in Brussels.”
Sammy Ghozlan, president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, said in a statement that “France must wake up to the danger of Islamism and the terror it brings all over the world: In Paris, Toulouse, Sarcelles, Brussels, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, jihadists are acting on the same radical Islamist ideology that is used to manipulate them.”
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman sent his condolences to the French people and said that Israel sympathizes with France’s pain after the attack, The Jerusalem Post reported.
According to Le Monde, the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices is the bloodiest to have taken place in France since 1835.