In what appears to be an organized terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, around 12 people were shot dead by masked gunmen.
The weekly is popular for its satirical publications regarding political and religious leaders which may have had something to do with the attack which claimed the lives of at least 10 cartoonists.
A video of some of the attackers leaving the scene in a car was also captured by a witness and shows them escaping after the shooting. The attackers are reportedly still at large, raising fears of more similar attacks in other locations.
According to France Info radio 10 people are injured as well, out of which 5 are in a critical situation. The attack, which is one of the worst in the country’s history, took the lives of several prominent cartoonists, including the Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski.
The Editor-in-Chief of the Weekly, Stephane Charbonnier was also among those killed in the attack.
French authorities are conducting an extensive investigation and have received pledges of support from several quarters, including the President of the United States, Barack Obama, who condemned the act.
“We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice,” said Obama.