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Automatic gunfire, loud explosions in French town

Friday, January 09, 2015 - 00:35

Several rounds of automatic gunfire rang out, accompanied by loud explosions, at a print workshop north of Paris where security forces had encircled the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Several rounds of automatic gunfire rang out, accompanied by loud explosions Friday (January 9), at a print works north of Paris where security forces had encircled the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo killings and a hostage, a Reuters reporter said. Smoke came from the building in an industrial zone near the town of Dammartin-en-Goele. Gunmen seized hostages in the small town as security forces hunted down perpetrators of an attack on a French satirical journal in the country's biggest security dragnet of modern times. Helicopters hovered overhead, residents were told to stay at home and schools were evacuated near a printing works where police sources said two gunmen were holding at least one hostage. At least two security personnel could be seen on the roof of the printer's workshop, a low white building in an industrial estate. Wednesday's Paris attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly, that killed 12, has raised questions about surveillance of radicals, far-right politics, religion and censorship in a land struggling to integrate a five-million Muslim population, the EU's largest.

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Automatic gunfire, loud explosions in French town

Friday, January 09, 2015 - 00:35