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UPDATE: 11:32 AM: There are reports that the suspects in the "Charlie Hebdo" attack in Paris are dead.  Police surrounded the suspects today in a small town after a shootout in Paris.  The two men are suspected of killing at least 12 people at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday. 

UPDATE 11:26 AM: Sky News is reporting that the hostages were freed from the the kosher grocery story in East Paris. 

UPDATE 11:06 AM:  There are reports of gunfire and multiple blasts at a site in eastern Paris where hostages were taken in a kosher supermarket.  The suspect in that hostage situation is believed to be connected with the killing of a policewoman in Paris yesterday.  The gunman had allegedly threatened to kill his hostages if police stormed a location where the suspects in Wednesday's Charlie Hebdo attack were believed to be. 

UPDATE: Two hostage situations are now heading into the evening hours in France as police and anti-terror forces close in on the suspects in a pair of deadly attacks that rocked Paris earlier this week.  Police are denying earlier reports that at least two people were killed after shots were fired at a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris.  That's where two suspects, one man and one woman, have reportedly taken at least five hostages.  French officials say the suspects are connected to this week's shooting death of a policewoman.  Nearby schools have been locked down and police have ordered residents to stay inside their homes.  


Meanwhile in a small town north of Paris, another hostage situation is taking place involving the two gunmen connected to Wednesday's attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo

(NEWSER) – French security forces have swarmed a small industrial town northeast of Paris in an operation to capture—or, the country's interior minister says, "neutralize"—a pair of heavily armed suspects in the deadly storming of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The suspects are believed to be holed up in a printing business in the town of Dammartin-en-Goele, about 25 miles northeast of Paris, and are thought to have at least one hostage, the Guardian reports. The town has been locked down, and while some residents say cellphones are no longer working, an official in the town has told the AP that phone communication has been established with the men. The suspects have apparently agreed to allow a school near their location be evacuated.

A lawmaker inside the command post tells French television the men "want to die as martyrs."

 

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