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Charlie Hebdo killers among seven dead

At least seven people were killed on Friday, including three gunmen, after security forces brought to an end two tense hostage dramas in separate locations in the French capital.

While Cherif and Said Kouachi, the two brothers wanted in the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine that claimed 12 lives, were killed in a printing company’s office at Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, the third gunman, along with four hostages, were killed at a Jewish grocery store at Porte de Vincennes in southern Paris, media reported. The killing of the Kouachi brothers was confirmed by Bernard Corneille, the mayor of the nearby village of Othis, CNN reported. The lone hostage they had taken was rescued alive.

In the other incident at Porte de Vincennes, five people, including the hostage taker Amedy Coulibaly, were killed at the kosher grocery store. While Coulibaly was killed in a security operation, the other four, all of them hostages, were killed at the beginning of the incident, police confirmed.

After Couliobaly was gunned down, BFMTV reported that police at the scene shouted “get down!” and “we’ve got him”.

An accomplice of Coulibaly, Hayat Boumeddiene, a 26-year-old woman wanted in connection with Thursday’s fatal shooting of a policewoman, escaped from the grocery store in the confusion as hostages ran away, CNN reported citing police union spokesman Pascal Disand.

Earlier, a police operation was launched in the area where the Charlie Hebdo attackers were holed up, Efe news agency reported citing a statement issued by Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. An elite unit of the Gendarmerie got into place to carry out an operation, added the minister. According to the television channel RTL, the suspects, who were brothers of Algerian descent, had entrenched themselves in a printing company office in the town and had taken a hostage. 
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