*Wow, as they say, ish keeps getting more and more real.
First, studios in the U. S. quickly shut down the national release of “The Interview” as a result of terrorist threats that stated moviegoers will be killed if they go to see the film which is accused of taking a satirical look at the assassination of North Korean leader and dictator, Kim Jong Un. Now, gunmen armed with AK-47s shouting “Allahu Akbar” rushed into the offices of a French satirical news magazine Wednesday and killed 12 people, including the editor. It is suspected this happened because the magazine once published pictures of the Muslim prophet, Muhammad, in cartoon form.
In a dramatic and graphic video (scroll down) we hear shots and see two gunmen covered in black garments shooting randomly before they escape in a black Citroen that they soon abandon following a crash; which leads them to carjack a bystander’s sedan.
Two police officers who were outside when the gunmen were escaping are among the dead.
In a press conference earlier today, president Obama called France one of our “oldest and strongest allies.” He added that the country “has been with us every moment from 9-11 on.” The president didn’t hold back as he called the act “cowardly” and “evil.”
While no one has taken responsibility for the attack nor supplied any motive for the ambush, it is believed that the weekly publication called Charlie Hebdo was targeted because they published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. The publication was firebombed three years ago.
France declared Thursday a national day of mourning, raised its terror threat level and stepped up security for media organizations, large stores and places of worship, and launched a manhunt for the killers with the assistance of the FBI.
“We will find the people who did this,” French President Francois Hollande vowed. He later called for national unity.
“Freedom is always bigger than barbarism,” he said. “Vive la France.”
Condemnations of the attack, which took place at 11:30a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET), poured in from the Vatican to the White House.
Be advised of the graphic video of the shooting directly below and scroll down even more to see president Obama’s press conference on the attacks.
President Obama’s press conference on the attacks directly below.
Read more at NBC.com