Twelve people have been shot dead at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, say police.
Two masked gunmen are reported to have stormed the offices of the controversial publication, which has previously been attacked over its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.
They are believed to have been armed with Kalashnikov rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade.
A manhunt is under way for the killers, who escaped after a shootout in the street with police.
We’ve made it much more difficult for terror organizations to pull off big 9/11 jobs, or another London Tube attack. But “lone wolves” armed with rifles can show up most anywhere with no warning and kill a lot of people. Given the freedom of movement required for Western Civilization to function, it’s going to be nearly impossible to prevent just a large fraction of these attacks.
Please do also note that France’s strict gun control regime was unable to stop Islamists from showing up with fully automatic rifles and an RPG.