Written by Staff Writer
10 Jan, 2015 | 7:16 am
French police have stormed two hostage sites in the Paris area, killing three hostage takers.
Two brothers who attacked Charlie Hebdo magazine on Wednesday were killed at a warehouse where they had held a hostage north of Paris.
In the second incident, in eastern Paris, anti-terrorist forces stormed a kosher supermarket where hostages were being held by a gunman with reported links to the brothers.
The gunman and four hostages died.
French police believe the captives were killed before the assault on the Hypercasher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes, Paris prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters late on Friday.
He said an investigation into the deaths was under way. Four hostages were seriously injured and 15 were rescued unhurt. Two police officers were injured.
The operation was launched shortly after the end of the siege in Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km (22 miles) north of Paris.
The two brothers there, Cherif and Said Kouachi, came out of the building firing at police and were killed. Two police officers were injured.
A second employee who was hiding in the building’s cafeteria was freed by police shortly afterwards.
French President Francois Hollande described the events as “a tragedy for the nation”.
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