Charlie Hebdo gunmen and ally killed in dramatic siege climax

A screengrab taken from an AFPTV video shows members of the French police special forces launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015French elite forces killed the brothers behind the Charlie Hebdo massacre and a jihadist ally Friday in a dramatic finale to three blood-soaked days that left 17 people dead and shook the nation to its core. Explosions rang out at sunset at two hostage sites around Paris as heavily armed police moved in for a fiery final showdown with gunmen who had kept France gripped with fear since 12 people were slaughtered Wednesday in the offices of the satirical magazine. On Friday the heavily-armed massacre suspects were cornered in a tiny town northeast of Paris while a third man took terrified shoppers hostage in a Jewish supermarket, where four died and seven were hurt including three police officers. As the drama reached its climax, chilling links emerged showing the brothers, identified as Cherif and Said Kouachi, and supermarket gunman Amedy Coulibaly were close allies and had worked together.

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