Shots fired, hostages taken in town northeast of Paris

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Armed police patrol in Fleury, north of Paris, France, on Jan. 8, 2015. Yesterday, elite counter-terrorist police surrounded three hamlets 70 kilometers (44 miles) northeast of Paris in an effort to find Said Kouachi, 34, and his 32-year-old brother Cherif. The villages –- Corcy, Fleury, and Longpont –- border a dense forest larger than the city of Paris. 

Police hunting the suspects in the massacre of journalists at French magazine Charlie Hebdo began an operation in a town northeast of Paris, the interior minister said.
Shots were fired in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele and hostages were taken at a business there, RTL Radio reported. The town is about 26 miles northeast of central Paris and 8.4 miles northeast of the city’s main airport, Charles de Gaulle, in France’s Seine-et-Marne department.
A car was stolen this morning in Montagny-Sainte-Felicite, a nearby town, RTL said.

A special forces police officer drives an armored vehicle outside Longpont today.
“An operation is currently under way in Dammartin-en-Goele and special police forces are being deployed,” French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters in televised comments. “The operations will be conducted in the coming hours and minutes. All of the the ministry’s forces, police forces, are mobilized.”
Yesterday, elite counter-terrorist police surrounded three hamlets 70 kilometers (44 miles) northeast of Paris in an effort to find Said Kouachi, 34, and his 32-year-old brother Cherif. The villages –- Corcy, Fleury, and Longpont –- border a dense forest larger than the city of Paris.
France is in the midst of one of the largest manhunts in its history after 12 people were killed on Jan. 7 at Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices by masked men brandishing Kalashnikov assault rifles. Tensions mounted yesterday after a policewoman was shot and killed just outside Paris, although there’s no indication the incident is connected to the earlier attack.


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