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Video footage shows the moment commandos launched an assault at the supermarket in eastern Paris, where at least six hostages were held by gunmen.
With explosions and gunfire, security forces on Friday ended a three-day terror spree around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper and an associate. (Jan. 9)
The three terrorists behind the bloody spate of terror attacks in France have been killed after police stormed both scenes.
One gunman and up to four hostages killed as siege brought to an end.
At least four hostages and a jihadist gunman have been killed in a deadly Paris supermarket siege.
The hostage takers at a supermarket and a printing plant in France were killed Friday evening.
The president of France spoke Friday hours after two standoffs ended with both hostages and terrorists dead.
French police killed the two gunmen suspected of Wednesday’s attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo while a third gunman died at a hostage scene in a kosher grocery store in Paris. Photo: Associated Press
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A police official on the scene of the standoff between two armed brothers suspected in the massacre at the Charlie Hebdo newsroom says the suspects are dead, and their hostage has been freed. (Jan. 9)
An update on the latest news coming from the two simultaneous hostage situations in Paris.
Residents in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele have been unable to take their children out of schools near the scene of the siege after security forces locked-down the area.
A second hostage situation has started unfolding at the same time that the suspected Charlie Hebdo shooters were surrounded by police north of Paris.
A number of hostages are being held and several people are thought to have been killed at a hostage-taking in Paris. The incident, which is being linked to earlier attacks, is taking place at a kosher grocery store.
Hundreds of police officers are attending the scene of a hostage crisis in the centre of Paris. The incident is taking place at a kosher grocery store.
A gunman has seized hostages at a kosher supermarket in Paris, while police in northern France have cornered the two Charlie Hebdo massacre suspects.
A police operation was underway in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, on Friday, January 9, after suspects involved in the Charlie Hebdo shooting took hostages and fired shots at police. France’s interior minister confirmed that the operation was to “neutralize the perpetrators of the cowardly attack” on Charlie Hebdo. This footage, described as showing helicopters flying over Dammartin-en-Goele, was filmed from Avenue du Drap d’Or, which is near the industrial complex where the suspec
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PARIS (AP) - With explosions and gunfire, security forces on Friday ended a three-day terror spree around Paris, killing the two al-Qaida-linked brothers who staged a murderous rampage at a satirical newspaper, and an associate who seized hostages at a kosher supermarket to try to help them escape.

The worst terrorist attacks France has seen in decades killed at least 20 people, including the three gunmen. A fourth suspect - the common law wife of the market attacker - was still at large and believed to be armed and dangerous.

Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen said it directed the attack against the publication Charlie Hebdo to avenge the honor of the Prophet Muhammad, a frequent target of the weekly's satire.

The brothers were not unknown to authorities: One had a terrorism-related conviction for ties to a network sending fighters to battle American forces in Iraq, and both were on the U.S. no-fly list, according to a U.S. official.

President Francois Hollande urged his nation to remain united and vigilant, and the city shut down a famed Jewish neighborhood amid fears of more violence.

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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 09: Pictured in this composite of handout photos provided by the Direction Centrale de la Police Judiciaire on January 9, 2015 are Amedy Coulibaly, aged 32, (L) who is wanted in connection with the shooting of a French policewoman yesterday and suspected as being involved in the ongoing hostage situation at a Kosher store in the Porte de Vincennes area of Paris, and known associate Hayat Boumeddiene, aged 26. France continues at the highest level of security alert following the attack at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in which twelve people were killed on Wednesday. On January 8 French police published photos of two brothers, Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, wanted as suspects over the massacre at the magazine. (Photo by Direction centrale de la Police judiciaire via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police search a man as emergency services tend to the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
French president Francois Hollande (C) bids farewell to French Justice minister Christiane Taubira (R), French Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve (L) and French Prime minister Manuel Valls after holding a crisis meeting, on January 9, 2015 at the Elysee Palace in Paris, after French commandos stormed a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris where assailants were holed up on January 9, freeing several hostages. After several explosions, police stormed the shop in Portes de Vincennes and everal hostages exited the store shortly afterwards and were taken to safety. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: People watch on Avenue Joffre as police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
A helicopter flies over Dammartin-en-Goele, north-east of Paris, where two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in an Islamist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo held one person hostage as police cornered the gunmen on January 9, 2015. Explosions were heard at the site where the hostage drama unfolded at a printing business in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, only 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport, journalists reported. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
French commandos take up a position on a roof in Dammartin-en-Goele, north-east of Paris, after an assault was launched at the site where two brothers suspected of slaughtering 12 people in an Islamist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo held one person hostage as police cornered the gunmen, on January 9, 2015. The hostage drama unfolded at a printing business in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, only 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport, police sources said. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the French police special forces launch the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, where at least two people were shot dead on January 9 during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP. Several hostages were freed after French commandos stormed a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris where an assailant was holed up on January 9. After several explosions, police stormed the shop in Portes de Vincennes and everal hostages exited the store shortly afterwards and were taken to safety. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the French special police forces launch the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015 where at least two people were shot dead on January 9 during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP. Several hostages were freed after French commandos stormed a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris where an assailant was holed up on January 9. After several explosions, police stormed the shop in Portes de Vincennes and everal hostages exited the store shortly afterwards and were taken to safety. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the French police special forces attend to one of their colleagues lying on the ground after they launched the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015 where at least two people were shot dead on January 9 during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
A helicopter of civil security flies over Dammartin-en-Goele, north-east of Paris, where two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in an Islamist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo held one person hostage as police cornered the gunmen on January 9, 2015. Explosions were heard at the site where the hostage drama unfolded at a printing business in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, only 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport, journalists reported. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (Photo credit should read JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
Journalists stand in Dammartin-en-Goele, north-east of Paris, where two brothers suspected of slaughtering 12 people in an Islamist attack on French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo held one person hostage as police cornered the gunmen, on January 9, 2015. The hostage drama unfolded at a printing business in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, only 12 kilometres (seven miles) from Paris's main Charles de Gaulle airport, police sources said. AFP PHOTO / DOMINIQUE FAGET (Photo credit should read DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
ALTERNATIVE CROP Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015 where at least two people were shot dead on January 9 during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages including a child (R) after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015 where at least two people were shot dead on January 9 during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015 where at least two people were shot dead on January 9 during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09 : French police take security measure around the kosher supermarket at Port de Vincennes where at least five people have been taken hostage by a gunman suspected of being involved in the killing of a French policewoman in southern Paris, French police have said on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09 : French police take security measure around the kosher supermarket at Port de Vincennes where at least five people have been taken hostage by a gunman suspected of being involved in the killing of a French policewoman in southern Paris, French police have said on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09 : French police take security measure around the kosher supermarket at Port de Vincennes where at least five people have been taken hostage by a gunman suspected of being involved in the killing of a French policewoman in southern Paris, French police have said on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Geoffroy Van der Hasselt/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Members of the French police special forces launch the assault and evacuate the hostages at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015 where at least two people were shot dead on January 9 during a hostage-taking drama at a Jewish supermarket in eastern Paris, and five people were being held, official sources told AFP. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Armed members of the French riot police (CRS) take up a position at Porte de Vincennes in Paris on January 9, 2015, after at least one person was injured when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store and took at least five people hostage, sources told AFP. The attacker was suspected of being the same gunman who killed a policewoman in a shooting in Montrouge in southern Paris on January 8. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
An armed police officer stands on the roof of a building in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack were cornered, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. Two sets of attackers seized hostages and locked down hundreds of French security forces around the capital on Friday, sending the city into fear and turmoil for a third day in a series of linked attacks that began with the deadly newspaper terror attack that left 12 people dead. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Children wait inside the Henri Dunand school before being moved to a safe location to be picked up by their parents in Dammartin-en-Goele, 30 kilometers (19 miles) northeast of Paris, France, Friday Jan. 9, 2015. French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Members of the French police special force RAID walk on the 'peripherique' (circular road) in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015 before taking their positions after at least one person was injured when a gunman opened fire at a kosher grocery store on January 9 and took at least five people hostage, sources told AFP. The attacker was suspected of being the same gunman who killed a policewoman in a shooting in Montrouge in southern Paris on January 8. AFP PHOTO / ERIC FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
Police official says man who opened fire in Paris market declares "you know who I am." http://t.co/DM09Qp0QCf
Police officers arrive at a hostage-taking situation at a kosher market in Paris, Friday Jan.9, 2015. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says a shooting and hostage-taking attack is underway at a kosher market on the eastern edge of Paris. A police official said there are multiple hostages and wounded at the scene. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Police officers arrive at a hostage-taking situation at a kosher market in Paris, Friday Jan. 9, 2015. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says a shooting and hostage-taking attack is underway at a kosher market on the eastern edge of Paris. A police official said there are multiple hostages and wounded at the scene. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
#Breaking: french police release portrait of susp #Montrouge shooters same of hostage situation #Paris "@prefpolice http://t.co/ZyC2Qh9uzv
#BREAKING At least two killed in hostage drama east of Paris : source #charliehebdo #montrouge http://t.co/xpZbZeGV1d
UPDATE: Police officer shot outside Paris this morning dies http://t.co/OoALEHIyC4 #Montrouge http://t.co/OgAwuVq0rM
BREAKING: Shooting in Paris. Reports #Montrouge shooter involved. #CBCNN more http://t.co/or58AMcrHX (pic @daviddlr) http://t.co/UjjxjvIS9Y
Police link #Montrouge and #CharlieHebdo shootings. Hostage situation ongoing. More LIVE with @cbchh on #CBCNN http://t.co/ilFHTUfAk6
#Montrouge killer south of #Paris knew the Kouachi brothers who attacked #CharlieHebdo https://t.co/748f8ZqCMS http://t.co/eBicTwRX0U
Apperently the shooter was a man from African origin, dark skinned. Some pictures from the scene at #montrouge http://t.co/yvJEuRto5m
A French police officer stands guard outside the Grand Mosque as people arrive for Friday prayers, Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
A French police officer stands guard outside the Grand Mosque as people arrive for Friday prayers, Paris, Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Emergency services workers arrive at a hostage-taking situation at a kosher market in Paris, Friday Jan. 9, 2015. France's anti-terrorism prosecutor says a shooting and hostage-taking attack is underway at a kosher market on the eastern edge of Paris. A police official said there are multiple hostages and wounded at the scene. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, center, stops to talk to a couple at a farmer's market as he campaigns in Englewood, N.J., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. "America's Rabbi" Shmuley Boteach, who wrote "Kosher Sex" and starred in a reality television show, is running for Congress. The Republican is running against incumbent Democrat Bill Pascrell. The district is heavily Democratic. Boteach says he wants to bring Jewish values to politics. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach pauses to answer his phone, as he visits a farmer's market while campaigning in Englewood, N.J., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. "America's Rabbi" Shmuley Boteach wrote "Kosher Sex" and starred in a reality television show. The Republican is running against incumbent Democrat Bill Pascrell. The district is heavily Democratic. Boteach says he wants to bring Jewish values to politics. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, left, speaks to a man at a farmer's market as he campaigns in Englewood, N.J., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. "America's Rabbi" Shmuley Boteach wrote "Kosher Sex" and starred in a reality television show. The Republican is running against incumbent Democrat Bill Pascrell. The district is heavily Democratic. Boteach says he wants to bring Jewish values to politics. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize outside a kosher deli during a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people were taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: French emergency doctors evacuate injured hostages during a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people were taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people were taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: A witness called Alexy speaks to the media while police mobilize at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police guard a street during a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: Police guard a street during a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. According to reports at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday's deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine has entered its third day. (Photo by Richard Bord/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 09: French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve speaks to the media after a hostage situation in a kosher deli at Port de Vincennes on January 9, 2015 in Paris, France. Police stormed the kosher deli where at least five people were taken hostage in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. One gunman is believed to have been killed. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
Candles are lit next to a sign reading 'Je suis Charlie' (I am Charlie) in Abidjan on January 9, 2015 during a gathering held by the foreign press association in Ivory Coast to pay tribute to the victims of a deadly attack on the Paris headquarters of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. French elite forces stormed two hostage sites, killing two brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre and a third jihadist ally in a fiery end that also claimed the lives of four hostages. AFP PHOTO / SIA KAMBOU (Photo credit should read SIA KAMBOU/AFP/Getty Images)
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"The threats facing France are not finished," Hollande said. "We are a free people who cave to no pressure."

The drama, which played out on live TV and social media, began with the brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi methodically massacring 12 people Wednesday at the Charlie Hebdo offices, stopping to shoot a wounded police officer in the head before escaping by car.

Thursday, a gunman police identified as Amedy Couliably shot a policewoman to death south of Paris, initially believed to be unrelated to the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

It all ended at dusk Friday with near-simultaneous raids in two locations: a printing plant in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the Koachis were holed up with a lone hostage, and the Paris supermarket where Coulibaly held shoppers at gunpoint, threatening to kill them unless police let the Koachis go.

As scores of black-clad security forces surrounded both sites, booming explosions, heavy gunfire and dense smoke heralded the news that the twin sieges finally had ended.

The three gunmen were dead - but also killed were four of the hostages at the market. Sixteen hostages were freed, one from the printing plant and 15 others from the store.

The attackers had ties both to each other and to terrorist activities that reached back years and extended from Paris to al-Qaida in Yemen. They epitomized Western authorities' greatest fear: Islamic radicals who trained abroad and came home to stage attacks.

After the killings at the Charlie Hebdo offices, Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother Said led police on a chase around northeastern France, robbing a gas station and stealing a car before ending up at the printing plant in Dammartin-en-Goele, near Charles de Gaulle airport.

A member of the al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula provided a statement Friday in English to The Associated Press saying the group's leadership "directed the operations and they have chosen their target carefully."

The attack was in line with warnings from the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden to the West about "the consequences of the persistence in the blasphemy against Muslim sanctities," the member said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the group's regulations do not permit him to give his name.

He said the group has delayed its declaration of responsibility for "security reasons."

The brothers were cornered there for much of the day before the explosions and gunfire rang out in the twilight and a police SWAT team clambered onto the roof.

"They said they want to die as martyrs," Yves Albarello, a local lawmaker inside the command post, told French television station i-Tele.

At the kosher grocery near the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood in Paris, the gunman burst in shooting just a few hours before the Jewish Sabbath began, declaring "You know who I am," the official recounted. The attack came before sundown when the store would have been crowded with shoppers.

Paris police released a photo of Coulibaly and his wife, Hayat Boumeddiene, who the official said was an accomplice.

Several people who were wounded when the gunman opened fire in the grocery store fled and got medical care, the official said.

Minutes before police stormed both sites, Coulibaly had threatened to kill his five hostages if authorities launched an assault on the two brothers, a police official said.

BFM also said it spoke with Coulibaly, who said he and the Kouachis were coordinating their actions, and that he was with the militant Islamic State group. The organizations are normally rivals.

The TV station said Coulibaly didn't hang up properly after the phone call and that this allowed police to hear him saying a final prayer before his death, perhaps suggesting that this prompted the police raid.

Police said Coulibaly had been a co-suspect with Cherif Kouachi in a court case involving terrorism that never made it to trial.

The Paris mayor's office shut down all shops along Rosiers Street in the city's famed Marais neighborhood in the heart of the tourist district. Hours before the Jewish Sabbath, the street is usually crowded with shoppers - French Jews and tourists alike. The street is also only a kilometer (half a mile) from Charlie Hebdo's offices.

At the kosher grocery near the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood in Paris, the gunman burst in shooting just a few hours before the Jewish Sabbath began, declaring "You know who I am," the official recounted. The attack came before sundown when the store would have been crowded with shoppers.

Paris police released a photo of Coulibaly and his wife, Hayet Boumddiene, who the official said was his accomplice.

Several people wounded when Coulibaly opened fire in the grocery store were able to flee and get medical care, the official said.

One hundred students were locked down in nearby schools and the highway ringing Paris was closed.

Cherif Kouachi was convicted of terrorism charges in 2008 for ties to a network sending jihadis to fight U.S. forces in Iraq.

A Yemeni security official said his 34-year-old brother, Said Kouachi, is suspected of having fought for al-Qaida in Yemen. Another senior security official said Said was in Yemen until 2012.

Both officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation into Kouachi's stay in Yemen.

Both brothers were also on the U.S. no-fly list, a senior U.S. counterterrorism official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss foreign intelligence publicly.

The publication Charlie Hebdo had long drawn threats for its depictions of Islam, although it also satirized other religions and political figures. The weekly paper had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, and a sketch of Islamic State's leader was the last tweet sent out by the irreverent newspaper, minutes before the attack.

Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed in the newspaper attack, including the paper's editor. Charlie Hebdo plans a special edition next week, produced in the offices of another paper.

Authorities around Europe have warned of the threat posed by the return of Western jihadis trained in warfare. France counts at least 1,200 citizens in the war zone in Syria - headed there, returned or dead. Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida have threatened France, home to Western Europe's largest Muslim population.

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Associated Press writers Samuel Petrequin, Sylvie Corbet, Jamey Keaten, John Leicester and Angela Charlton in Paris; Raphael Satter and Trung Latieule in Dammartin-en-Goele, Jill Lawless in London; Eric Tucker in Washington; Ahmed al-Hag in Sanaa, Yemen; Sarah el-Deeb in Cairo contributed to this report.

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Police officer dies in shooting at Paris' edge amid tension
First image Of bloodied newspaper office emerges
At least 2 feared dead, up to 20 injured and hostages reported
Search focused on dense forest 50 miles from Paris..

New shooting as Charlie Hebdo manhunt turns into car chase
80,000 police and soldiers hunt for brothers
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