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Kerry condemns deadly Paris attack

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 01:31

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the deadly shooting at a magazine office in Paris calling it a ''vicious act of violence.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the deadly shooting at a magazine office in Paris calling it a "vicious act of violence." "Free expression and a free press are core values, they are universal values, principles that can be attacked but never eradicated," Kerry said during a joint press conference with Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna in Washington. Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo known for lampooning radical Islam, killing at least 12 people, including two police officers in the worst militant attack on French soil in recent decades. One of the men was captured on video shouting "Allah!" as four shots rang out. Two assailants were then seen calmly leaving the scene. A police union official said the assailants remained at large and there were fears of further attacks. Charlie Hebdo is well known for courting controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders and has published numerous cartoons ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad. The last tweet on its account mocked Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant Islamic State, which has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria. A firebomb attack gutted the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in November 2011 after it put an image of the Prophet Mohammad on its cover in what it described as a Shariah edition.

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Kerry condemns deadly Paris attack

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 - 01:31