Two men suspected of involvement in the terror attack on a French satirical magazine were reportedly cornered Friday inside a printing house northeast of Paris. The suspects had taken a hostage and made phone contact with police, who say the suspects told them they “want to die as martyrs,” according to the Associated Press. The standoff continued as fresh reports of shootings emerged from Paris.
The manhunt for the two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, converged on Dammartin-en-Goele, a small industrial town near Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport. Locals in the town say that around 8:50 a.m. local time the brothers entered a small family printing business on an industrial estate, the Guardian reported. There was no information about the number of people present in the building when the suspects entered.
One of the brothers turned up at the printing house wearing black combat gear and a bulletproof vest and claimed to be a police officer. The heavily-armed man reportedly told a worker “Get out of here, we don't kill civilians," according to Sky News. The town is now under lockdown with local residents being told to stay at home with the lights off and away from windows. Several schools in the area have been evacuated while hundreds of people remain sealed off inside local office buildings. Police continue to negotiate with the suspects, who are thought to have at least one hostage in the building.
A hostage situation is also reportedly underway in southeastern Paris, where a gunman suspected of killing a policewoman on Thursday is thought to have taken hostages in a kosher grocery store. At least one person has been injured in the shooting incident, reported the BBC. The area around the store in Paris’ Porte de Vincennes area has been evacuated.
Tens of thousands of French security forces have been mobilized since the Wednesday attack on the Paris headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, where gunmen killed 12 people.