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As French police close in on the identity of the Paris attackers, Londoners hold vigil

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 01:33

Hundreds gather at London's Trafalgar Square for a silent vigil to honor the twelve people killed in Paris by suspected Islamist militants, as a huge manhunt is underway for the three suspects. Mana Rabiee.

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Londoners react to the newsroom shooting in Paris. By the hundreds, they gathered outside the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square. A silent vigil -- for ten journalists and two police officers killed earlier when suspected Islamist militants attacked the satirical French weekly, Charlie Hebdo. 'I am Charlie', their signs read. Their pens held up -- like swords. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VIGIL ATTENDEE, SAYING: "I think what shocks me the most is that it has actually happened in this day and age. That some men can just walk into a building and decimate a whole team." Eleven people were also wounded in the attack, several critically. Terrorism experts say the gunmen behaved like trained commandos, and that the assault was apparently well-planned. Witnesses say the journalists had gathered for a weekly meeting and that the gunmen called out some of their victims by name. Security in France is at its highest level and other governments may be reviewing their own security now, but one man here hopes reaction to the terror threats won't limit freedoms. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VIGIL ATTENDEE, SAYING: "Every single time there's a terrorist attack of this kind, you hear politicians saying, 'Oh we're going to stand up for our rights, we're going to stand up for our way of life, we're not going to let them change things. And then we do, you know, we have more surveillance, we have more invasion of individual liberties and so on." A huge manhunt is under under way for the attackers. The suspects are said to be two brothers in their 30s and an 18 year old man -- all French nationals.

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As French police close in on the identity of the Paris attackers, Londoners hold vigil

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 01:33