Police cordoned off the crime scene with metal gates as the throng of journalists grew larger. Some parents picked up their children from a nearby nursery school early.Residents of the high-rises around the weekly publication took to their cellphones, describing the scene from their balconies. Charlie Hebdo has been targeted before for satirizing radical Islam just one of many subjects it has mocked. And this is not the first time their neighborhood has turned into a police scene. The newspaper was firebombed in 2011, after it published a “sharia” issue which named the prophet Muhammad “editor-in-chief.” The cover featured a cartoon of the prophet that promised 100 lashes if you dont lie laughing! The magazine’s last tweet before today’s attack mocked Abu Bakr al-Baghadi, the proclaimed leader of the Islamic State. ALREADY ON EDGE No one has claimed responsibility for the act.But many in Paris are operating under the assumption that Muslim extremists are behind the massacre. France and the rest of Europe are on edge over the threat of terrorism, especially as many European citizens have joined jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.Just before Christmas, three separate attacks spooked the nation.
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They carried out the operation in a very calm, controlled way, said Richard Clarke , former White House counter-terrorism advisor and current ABC News consultant. They appear to have fire discipline, not spraying bullets everywhere. They were people who did not look like they were wild, on some kind of spree, but who were accomplishing a military operation. Another expert, a former Army special operations counter-terrorism official, agreed and said it appeared the masked, AK-47-weilding attackers likely had conducted extensive reconnaissance on their target in order to have struck so effectively and manage to escape, all without appearing to panic. I dont think you can act like the way Im seeing them act… and be on your first rodeo, he said. In addition to the military-style kit and weapons the attackers use, the former operator said that in a video that shows the apparent death of a policeman, one of the gunman is seen picking up what appears to be a shoe near the getaway car something that an amateur would likely forget in the heat of the moment. They make sure to kill the policeman.
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Many lone wolves are looking to die. Those are suicide operations. This, Paris, isnt a suicide mission, said Gomez, an ABC News consultant. They went in, shot up people and theyre out. They probably have an escape hatch and, if theyre connected to terrorists, who knows what kind of support system could be helping them out. No group has publicly taken responsibility for the attack, but the magazine, named Charlie Hebdo, has been target of Islamic extremists for years. In November 2011 the magazine was firebombed after it ran a cover featuring a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.
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