Paris hostage crisis

Ron Kampeas

There are two hostage standoffs in and around Paris today; one at a kosher supermarket in the 12th Arrondissement and one at a printing plant outside Paris.

The suspects in yesterday’s lethal attack on a satirical weekly, Charlie Hebdo, are believed to be in the printing plant, and a man — and possibly his girlfriend — who have ties to the Charlie Hebdo attackers are believed to be in the supermarket.


Below is the story we’re running, and we’ll update here with the latest information. Time dates are in Paris time, GMT+1.

16:44 – News agencies are reporting that the hostage taker in the kosher supermarket is threatening to kill hostages if police raid the printing plant. RK

16:39 — Le Monde reports that police are seeking Hayat Boumeddiene, the girlfriend of Amedy Coulibaly, the suspected supermarket attacker, not because she is believed to be involved in the attack but for further information on Coulibaly. RK.

16:35 – Britain’s Channel 4 reports a hostage in the supermarket calls her mother and tells her she loves her. RK.

16:39 — French police have set up a security perimeter of roughly 300 yards around the Paris kosher supermarket where eight to 15 people are held hostage, including at least one child, witnesses at the scene said. CL.

(JTA) — Several people are being held hostage at a kosher supermarket in Paris, and two are reported dead.

The hostage situation began shortly after noon at Cash Cacher Naouri, a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, acording to Chlomik Zenouda, vice president of the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism.

“Ten people are being held hostage and one person, probably a member of the Jewish community, was wounded in the takeover,” he told JTA.

AFP, the French news service, said two people are reported dead. Zenouda confirmed the report.

Witnesses said the shots were fired from an automatic assault rifle. The shooter then retreated into the supermarket, witnesses said.

The person holed up inside the kosher supermarket is believed to be connected to the killing of a police officer in the suburb of Montrouge south of Paris on Thursday, Zenouda said, citing police sources.

Police locked down schools in the vicinity. Authorities in the 4th Arrondissement said that police had ordered shops to close on the rue de Rosiers, a Jewish area where shoppers tend to proliferate in the hours before Shabbat.

The killer in the Montrouge attack shot the officer and wounded another person after his vehicle was involved in an accident, French media reported. He then fled the scene. Police believe they have identified the shooter and were searching for him, Le Monde reported.

Citing police sources, Le Figaro reported that police found a link between the suspect of the shooting in Montrouge and two men they suspect of murdering 12 people on Wednesday at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo weekly.

Reports said police have released photos of two people wanted in the shooting of the police officer: a man, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, and a woman, Hayat Boumeddiene.

Two men who are suspected of staging the Charlie Hebdo attack have taken at least one person hostage and are holed up in a printing shop north of Paris, Le Monde reported.

Coulibaly and Chérif Kouachi, one of the suspected Charlie Hebdo attackers, were both followers of Djamel Beghal, a charismatic Islamist, Le Monde reported.