Charlie Hebdo: timeline of the terrorist attacks in Paris

From media massacre to massive anti-terror march. A timeline of the crisis in France following Islamist attacks that killed 17.


Wednesday, January 7

* Two men armed with Kalashnikov rifles storm the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly known for satirical caricatures of Islam and other religions, at about 11.30am.

* They kill 12 people including eight cartoonists and journalists as well as a police officer.

* The attackers climb into a black Citroen and exchange fire with police vehicles. They then execute an injured police officer sprawled on the pavement.

* Following a collision they abandon their vehicle, hijack another, and flee Paris.

* France raises its alert status for Paris and northern regions to the highest level.

* Police say they are hunting three men, including two brothers: Cherif and Said Kouachi, 32 and 34 respectively.

* The third man suspected of helping the brothers turns himself in and is later released without charge.

Thursday, January 8

* A policewoman is shot and killed by a man just outside Paris. Authorities say the two shooting incidents are connected.

* The Charlie Hebdo suspects rob a petrol station in the northern Aisne region and the owner alerts police.

* Investigators find a dozen Molotov cocktails and two jihadist flags in their getaway car.

* US officials say the Kouachi brothers were on a US no-fly list and that Said had spent months training with al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Friday, January 9

* Shots are fired during a car chase on a highway northeast of Paris.

* The Kouachi brothers hijack a car from a woman who recognises them.

* One man is taken hostage at a printing business in Dammartin-en-Goele village near Charles de Gaulle airport. Police lay siege.

* Amedy Coulibaly, suspected of the policewoman's murder on Thursday, takes hostages at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris.

* Police release mugshots of Coulibaly, 32, as well as suspected accomplice and girlfriend, 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene.

* As night falls police commandos launch synchronised raids on the printworks and the kosher supermarket. Explosions and gunfire rock both sites.

* The brothers come out firing at police in Dammartin-en-Goele before being killed. Their hostage emerges unharmed.

* In the Jewish supermarket, four people and the hostage-taker are killed, and four are critically injured. Several captives are freed unharmed.

* In telephone calls earlier in the day Cherif Kouachi tells BFMTV they had been financed by al-Qaeda in Yemen.

* In a televised speech French President Francois Hollande calls for "vigilance, unity and a mobilisation".

* In a video, a top sharia official from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) threatens France with fresh attacks.

Saturday, January 10

* French forces hunt for Boumeddiene. They eventually say she was likely in Turkey at the time of the attacks, with a Turkish source saying she is possibly already in Syria now.

* More than 700,000 people pour onto the streets across France to pay tribute to the 17 people killed.

* Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells French Jews that Israel is their home.

Sunday, January 11

* A German tabloid in the northern port city of Hamburg that reprinted cartoons of Prophet Mohammed from Charlie Hebdo is hit by a firebomb. No one is wounded.

* EU and US security ministers meet in France to work out a joint response to the threat of jihadist attacks.

* A man resembling Coulibaly claims to be a member of the Islamic State group in a posthumous video released online.

* Prosecutors say they have linked Coulibaly to the shooting of a jogger in southern Paris just hours after the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

* At least 3.7 million people march across France in the country's biggest rally in history. In Paris, they are led by dozens of world leaders who link arms and hold a minute's silence for the victims.

* Tens of thousands also rally in cities across Europe including Berlin, Brussels and Vienna, and elsewhere, from Jerusalem, Ramallah and Beirut to Montreal.

Source AAP

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