At least two people were killed in Paris in a hostage standoff Friday at a kosher deli located east of the city, according to multiple reports. The deaths occurred amid separate reports that French authorities had cornered the two men suspected in Wednesday's Charlie Hebdo shooting at a printing house located north of Paris.
French police released the names of two suspects, Hayat Boumeddiene and Amedy Coulibaly, who were wanted in connection with the Paris deli attack. Boumeddiene was identified as Coulibaly's former partner, according to Le Monde. It's unclear if both individuals were present at the scene of the incident.
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An eyewitness described the scene at the Paris deli siege to the French media, according to The Guardian: “There was an individual -- African -- who had a Kalashnikov ... and he immediately went into the deli and he started shooting with his Kalashnikov. The latest news is that, sadly, apparently there are two dead. What is for sure is that colleagues that are there already saw six hostages that were controlled by this individual.”
Coulibaly entered the kosher deli and declared "You know who I am" before opening fire, an anonymous police official said. He continues to hold at least five hostages at gunpoint, some of whom are severely wounded. A police official said the hostage-taker is suspected of links to Said and Chérif Kouachi, the two brothers suspected of killing 12 people at French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's Paris office Wednesday, but he did not elaborate on the potential connection, the Associated Press reported. A police official also confirmed that the hostage-taker is a suspect in the shooting death of a Paris policewoman Thursday.
Live coverage of the Paris deli standoff can be viewed below, courtesy of France 24: