‘READY TO DIE AS MARTYRS’: Armed Police Corner Charlie Hebdo Terrorists

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I hope these guys end up dead. They certainly won’t die as martyrs though, but as the terrorist scum they are.

Armed police have surrounded the Charlie Hebdo killers after they seized a hostage and are now holed up in a business premises near a Paris airport.

Al Qaeda gunmen Said Kouachi, 34, and his brother, Cherif, 33, have reportedly told police negotiators: ‘We are ready to die as martyrs’.

MailOnline understands police scrambled phone signals in the area after the gunmen made contact with a fellow jihadist while inside the building.

Officers are hunting the associate who is feared to be behind the murder of a police officer yesterday and a new hostage crisis ongoing in Paris today.

The third hostage-taker, named as Amedy Coulibay, 32, this afternoon took at least six captives at a kosher grocery, leaving two people dead.

Coulibay is thought to be demanding that the Kouachi brothers be allowed to go free, according to reports.

Revelations that a call was made by the Kouachis suggests they may have instructed Coulibay to carry out today’s atrocity to leverage their escape.

There were reports of another alert near the Eiffel Tower, with police seen training their guns down the stairs of a Metro station, but it was a false alarm.

Local media reports that the brothers met Coulibay while in prison.

He is believed to be a fellow member of the Buttes Chaumont – a gang from the 19th arrondissement of Paris that sent jihadists to fight in Iraq.

The Kouachis were cornered in Dammartin-en-Goele, around 25 miles from the capital, this morning after leading police on a dramatic car chase.

After exchanging gunfire with officers, they fled on foot into printing works where they are holding a hostage, believed to be a 26-year-old male.

Snipers have their weapons trained on the building and helicopters are hovering overhead as negotiations were underway with the Islamic fanatics.

Runways have been closed at Charles de Gaulle airport, around five miles away over fears the gunmen have rocket launchers that can down planes.

Police confirmed a hostage had been taken and that officers are ‘trying to establish contact’ with the suspects.

A worker in a nearby building said: ‘We have locked and barricaded our doors. None of us feel safe. We can hear the helicopters. It is terrifying.’

One of the pupils inside the Dammartin-en-Goele school said by phone from inside: ‘We’re scared. We’ve called our parents to make sure they’re OK.

‘We’ve been told we have to stay inside. All the lights have been switched off.’

After a meeting with President Hollande when news of the siege broke, politician Nicolas Dupont-Aignan said: ‘It’s time to terrorise the terrorists.’

Referring to Islam, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said: ‘We are in a war against terrorists, we’re not in a war with religion.’

An Interior Ministry source confirmed that the men had said they were ‘ready to die as martyrs’.

Prior to the standoff, the suspects hijacked a Peugeot 206 from a woman in Ermenonville Forest, close to the village of Montagny-Sainte-Felicite, agyer abandoning their Renualt Clio.

A teacher named Charlene Blondelle was driving to work in the morning when she saw two men with guns stop the vehicle in front of her.

It was only when she got to work at the village school that she realised the two heavily-armed men were the Kouachi brothers.

Read more: Daily Mail

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