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NIGERIA---Hundreds of bodies---too
many to count---remain strewn in the bush
in Nigeria from an Islamic extremist attack
that Amnesty International suggested
yesterday is the "deadliest massacre" in
the history of Boko Haram.
Mike Omeri, the government
spokesman on the insurgency, said
fighting continued yesterday for Baga, a
town on the border with Chad where
insurgents seized a key military base on
January 3 and attacked again on
District head Baba Abba Hassan said
most victims are children, women and
elderly people who could not run fast
enough when insurgents drove into Baga,
firing rocket-propelled grenades and
assault rifles on town residents.
"The human carnage perpetrated by
Boko Haram terrorists in Baga was
enormous," Muhammad Abba Gava, a
spokesman for poorly armed civilians in a
defence group that fights Boko Haram,
told The Associated Press.
He said the civilian fighters gave up on
trying to count all the bodies. "No one
could attend to the corpses and even the
seriously injured ones who may have died
by now," Gava said. (AP)
Amnesty: Boko Haram massacre deadliest in history
PARIS---With explosions and gun-
fire, security forces ended a three-
day terror rampage around Paris,
killing the two al-Qaeda-linked
brothers who staged a murderous
rampage at a satirical newspaper,
and an associate who seized a
kosher supermarket to try to help
It was the worst terror spree
France has seen in decades. At least
seven people were killed yesterday---
the three terrorists and at least four
hostages---two days after 12 people
were massacred in the newspaper
Sixteen hostages were freed yes-
terday, one from the printing plant
and 15 from the grocery store.
The fate of a fourth suspect---the
wife of the supermarket attacker---
remained unclear, and Paris shut
down a famed Jewish neighbourhood
amid fears that a wider terror cell
might launch further attacks.
France s interior minister warned his
shaken nation to remain "extremely
The four attackers had ties to each
other and to terrorism that reached
back years and extended from Paris
to al-Qaeda in Yemen. They epit-
omised Western authorities greatest
fear: Islamic radicals who trained
abroad and came home to stage
Said and Cherif Kouachi, the
brothers who attacked newspaper
Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, came
out with their guns blazing yesterday
evening after an all-day hostage siege
at a printing plant northeast of Paris,
a French police official said. They
were killed and their hostage was
freed, authorities said.
An accomplice, Amedi Coulibaly,
took at least five hostages at a kosher
grocery in Paris---then died in a near-
ly simultaneous raid there, said Gael
Fabiano of the UNSA police union.
Several people were rescued from
the Porte de Vincennes grocery store.
Police said at least four hostages
there were killed.
France has been on high alert since
the massacre Wednesday in Paris at
the satirical newspaper Charlie
Hebdo that left 12 people dead.
Behind that attack were Cherif
Kouachi, 32, and his 34-year-old
The next day, a gunman shot a
policewoman to death in a gunfight
just south of Paris. Police later iden-
tified the gunman as Coulibaly, who
had been a co-suspect with Cherif
Kouachi in a court case involving
terrorism that never made it to trial.
The Kouachi brothers led police
on a chase around northeast France,
robbing a gas station Thursday and
stealing a car yesterday morning
before seizing hostages at a printing
plant in Dammartin-en-Goele, a
small industrial town near Charles
de Gaulle airport.
Yesterday afternoon, explosions
and gunshots rang out and white
smoke rose outside as a police SWAT
team clambered onto the roof.
"They said they want to die as
martyrs," Yves Albarello, a local law-
maker inside the command post,
told French television station i-Tele.
Minutes before the storming,
Coulibaly had threatened to kill his
five hostages if French authorities
launched an assault on the two
brothers, a police official said.
At the kosher grocery near the
Porte de Vincennes neighbourhood
in Paris, the gunman burst in shoot-
ing just a few hours before the Jewish
Sabbath began, declaring "You know
who I am," the official recounted.
The attack came before sundown
when the store would have been
crowded with shoppers. (AP)
Bloody end to Paris terror attacks
• Four hostages and gunman dead in grocery shop raid
• Charlie Hebdo suspects killed in separate police assault
Said (bottom right) and Cherif (top right) Kouachi, the brothers who had assassinated 12 people at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, died in a blaze of gunfire (right) at a printworks near Paris
where they had been holed up with one hostage, who survived. Moments later, dozens of commandos (centre) stormed a Jewish grocery 25 miles away in east Paris where accomplice Amedey
Coulibaly (top left) was threatening to kill a number of terrified people including women and children. His girlfriend Hayat Boumeddiene (bottom left)---described as armed and dangerous is on
the run. PHOTO: MAILONLINE
Members of the French police special forces evacuate the hostages after
launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes.
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