Police hunt Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects in northern France

JOEL SAGET / AFP I A French police officer searches in Fleury, northern France, on January 8, 2015 as part of a manhunt for the armed gunmen who killed numerous people a day earlier at the Paris offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in an attack on the Paris office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo were spotted Thursday in the country’s northern Aisne region. To review the day's events please read our live blog below.

  • France held a day of national mourning Thursday, a day after gunmen attacked the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
  • Twelve people died in the attack – eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.
  • A nationwide manhunt is under way to find two suspects – Cherif Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old brother, Said.  Police say the two are “armed and dangerous”.
  • The hunt focused on areas near the town of Villiers-Cotterets, northeast of Paris, after a robbery at a local petrol station on Thursday morning. Police carried out door-to-door searches in the village of Longpont, before pulling out.
  • Nine people have so far been detained in the search for the brothers. The Interior Ministry said 88,000 police officers and soldiers had been deployed across France since the attack.
  • A policewoman was killed in a shooting in the south of Paris on Thursday morning while a city employee was wounded. Police are cautioning against linking the attack to yesterday’s murderous assault on Charlie Hebdo.
  • Thousands of mourners took to the streets of French cities for a second night on Thursday, chanting, “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) and holding pens or copies of the magazine over their heads. Similar rallies have been held in capital cities around the world.

To see how all the day's events unfolded, please view our live blog below. 

To read this page on a mobile phone or tablet, please click here.

If you have trouble reading the liveblog, hit F5 to refresh the page.

Live Blog FRANCE 24 liveblog Charlie Hebdo Paris shooting

Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning