Three masked men shouted “we have avenged the prophet” and “Allahu Akbar!” between rounds of heavy gunfire.
Three masked Muslim gunmen stormed the offices of the controversial publication, which has previously been attacked over its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.
They were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and are also believed to have had a rocket-propelled grenade.
According to the AFP news agency, the attackers shouted: “We have avenged the prophet.” They are believed to have called out the victims by name. It is reported both the publication’s editor and lead cartoonist were among those killed, as well as two police officers.
Some 20 people have also been injured, at least four seriously. A manhunt is under way for the gunmen, who escaped after a shootout in the street with police.
Shocking footage has emerged of a wounded police officer being shot in the head as he lies on the ground, holding his hands up.
After the killing, the killers calmly return to their getaway car and shouted: “We have avenged the Prophet Mohammed, we have killed Charlie Hebdo.”
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