Islamist Gunmen Storm Paris Newspaper, Killing and Wounding, Over Cartoons of Prophet Muhammad

Military analyst  Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney:  “Political Correctness is killing us.”

“yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.”  John 16:2 (NIV)

It was an attack on freedom of the press, as masked Islamist gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper, killing 12 people before escaping.

What appeared to be a highly skilled military operation, over published cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, was France’s deadliest terror attack in decades.  “We have avenged the prophet,” the gunmen were reported to have shouted after the shooting spree.  

With a manhunt on, French President Francois Hollande called the attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly, whose caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims, “a terrorist attack without a doubt.” He said several other attacks have been thwarted in France “in recent weeks.”  

France raised its security alert to the highest level and reinforced protective measures at houses of worship, stores, media offices and transportation. Top government officials were holding an emergency meeting and Hollande planned a nationally televised address in the evening. Schools closed their doors.  “This is the darkest day of the history of the French press,” DeLoire said.

World leaders including President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the attack, but supporters of the militant Islamic State group celebrated the slayings as well-deserved revenge against France.  Excerpts taken from, and more here.

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