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Summary

  1. Gunmen have attacked the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, killing 12 people including the editor and celebrated cartoonists
  2. The hunt is on for three suspects, named by police as Hamyd Mourad and brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi.
  3. It is the deadliest terror attack in France since 1961 during the Algerian war
  4. President Hollande said it was an act of "extreme barbarity", with many foreign leaders also condemning the attack
  5. In 2011, the satirical publication was firebombed after naming the Prophet Muhammad as its "editor-in-chief"

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By Mohamed Madi, Sherie Ryder, Julia Macfarlane, Alastair Beach and Victoria Park

All times stated are UK

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We're bringing to an end our live text coverage of a gun attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, which left 12 people dead. French police are still hunting for two brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, in connection with the attack, after another suspect reportedly handed himself in. We'll continue to bring you updates on our

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Cartoon by Neelabh Banerjee
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Cartoonists unite

Neelabh Banerjee Horrible attack. Cartoonists across the world are uniting against bloodshed and violence.

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Vigil held in Sète, France
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Vigil held in Sète, France

Joey Tranchina sent in this photo of the vigil held in Sète, France.

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Hamed Saeedi: In my Islamic upbringing I was taught that the pen is man's strongest weapon. These extremists must know that they can never silence freedom of speech, for it is a stronger weapon than any they'd dare to carry. Why couldn't they answer peacefully through the pen as our prophet likely would have? True Islam condemns such attacks, more so when they are ignorantly and violently carried out in its name. Long live freedom of expression, religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

We've put together a selection of

eyewitness accounts from those who were present during the attack in Central Paris on Wednesday. One of the magazine's illustrators, Corinne Rey, said two armed, masked men "brutally threatened" her in order to gain access to the building. The gunmen "spoke perfect French" and claimed to belong to al-Qaeda, according to Ms Rey.

Masked gunman fire their weapons outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris, on 7 January 2015.
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Police officers secure access to a residential building during investigations in the eastern French city of Reims January 8, 2015, after the shooting against the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper
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Police officers stand guard outside a flat in Reims as investigators search inside.

This combo shows handout photos released by French Police in Paris early on January 8, 2015 of suspects Cherif Kouachi (L), aged 32, and his brother Said Kouachi (R), aged 34, wanted in connection with an attack at a satirical weekly in the French capital that killed at least 12 people
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French police have released these photos of the two brothers wanted in connection with the attacks. Cherif Kouachi (l) is 32, and his brother Said is 34.

French police have issued arrest warrants for brothers Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Said Kouachi, 34, AFP says. They have appealed to the public for information but warned that the men were "likely armed and dangerous".

A hashtag called #MouradHamydInnocent is trending in France, reportedly started by classmates of 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad who say they were in class with him at the time of the attack.

Sources tell AFP that 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad surrendered to police at 23:00 local time on Wednesday "after seeing his name circulating on social media". "He has been arrested and taken into custody," another source told the agency.

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Nihaad Hosany: It's so awful. Because of three idiots, three terrorists, the Muslim community will suffer again. Islam is a religion of peace and understanding. Not this monstrosity. It's really awful that people are capable of such acts. My deepest sympathies to the families.

Hamyd Mourad, the youngest of the three suspects. has surrendered to police, sources tell AFP.

People wait in line to pay their respects during a vigil, for the victims of a shooting by gunmen at the offices of weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, during a vigil at the French consulate in Quebec City, January 7, 2015
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Rallies condemning the attack are taking place across the world, including this one in Quebec, Canada.

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Mehboob Mirza: It is a sad & tragic day. RIP. What is more insulting to the Prophet (peace be upon him) than satirical cartoons are those who murder innocent people in his name.

Hugo Clement

France 2 TV reporter

has tweeted this picture of police searching a flat in Reims, where an anti-terror raid is taking place.

Hugo Clement Reims apartment
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BreakingBreaking News

Police say the three suspects they are pursuing in connection with the attack are Hamyd Mourad and brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi.

Cartoonists respond

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a gallery of cartoonist's responses to the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Cartoon of attackers holding a paintbrush
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One minute silence in Nice

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Nice

tweets: "One minute of silence for #CharlieHabdo in Place Garibaldi in Nice"

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French government boosts security in the capital.

French soldiers disembark at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, as part of a deployment of soldiers to enhance security in Paris.

French soldiers disembark at Le Bourget airport, north of Paris, as part of deployment of soldiers to enhance security in Paris, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Thr
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