France 2, a French public television station, has exclusively obtained a video of police storming the kosher grocery store in Vincennes, Paris, where Amedy Coulibaby took several hostages Friday. The video vividly shows the harrowing raid where Coulibaby was killed after being shot more than 60 times, according to France 2.
Coulibaby, who has direct ties to the Charlie Hebdo attack suspects Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, took the hostages in an apparent anti-Semitic terrorist attack. According to the BBC, Coulibaby had spoken with Kouachi brothers more than 500 times on the phone.
The video shows the police bracing to enter the store as the security gate on the front doors is opened. Once the door is opened, the police open fire into the store and toss flash grenades as they fight their way inside. Coulibaby can then be seen charging the door toward the police where he is shot numerous times. The video cuts off before Coulibaby goes down. When the video resumes, the police are entering the store while a handful of terrified hostages flee outside where they are taken into police custody.
The amateur video of the police raid can be seen below (Warning: Graphic Content):
Four of the hostages were killed in the incident, according to the BBC. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters it was likely that the hostages had been killed when Coulibaby initially entered the store and not during the police raid. Fifteen other hostages were able to escape, according to reports of information French President Francois Hollande relayed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
French President Francois Hollande called for unity across the country following the attacks.
“This was an attack on freedom, we must be ourselves and we must realize our best weapon is unity,” said Hollande, according to Euronews. “Nothing must separate us or drive us apart. France is a great nation when under pressure. We are stronger than our enemies when we are together.”