It is madness in Paris right now! I hope they can get those six hostages out safe.
Two people have been killed in a Kosher store in eastern Paris where a ‘heavily armed’ Islamic terrorist is currently holding as many as six hostages, police believe.
Paris force say the suspected murderer is Amedy Coulibaly, 32, who is wearing body armour and brandishing two Kalashnikov automatic weapons.
He is working with a woman called Hayat Boumeddiene, 26, who is considered ‘armed and dangerous’, and is said to have yelled at police: ‘You know who I am’ when they responded to the shooting.
Police have now ordered all shops in Paris’ famed Jewish district to be immediately closed, while the gunman is said to be demanding the Kouachi brothers – currently engaged in a tense deadlock with police further north – are immediately freed.
Shots rang out close to the Porte de Vincennes while the two brothers believed to be behind the murderous attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine were themselves hold up north of the capital.
‘There is a hostage situation – shots have been fired,’ said a Paris police spokesman, who said up to five people were originally being held in Vincennes, and there were ‘believed to be two fatalities’.
A 20-year-old student is among the hostages taken at the kosher shop in Paris. The young woman, whose name remains unknown, called her uncle who works nearby from the basement of the building where she was being held.
There are also unconfirmed reports that there is a serious incident developing near the Trocadero in central Paris.
The siege at the grocery store occurred after the Charlie Hebdo killers in Dammartin-en-Goele – currently holed up with a hostage at a business premises – were believed to have made contact with an associate.
Police immediately scrambled phone signals in the area – but not before the killers were able to make their call.
It is now feared that Said Kouachi and his brother Cheriff contacted Amedy Coulibaly – and possibly ordered him to take hostages in a bid to force police to allow them to escape.
Read more: Daily Mail