•One suspect killed and two others in custody, US counter-terrorism officials claim, but this has not been confirmed
•Masked gunmen storm Paris headquarters with AK-47s shouting ‘Allahu akbar!’ and ‘the Prophet has been avenged’
•Stalked building asking for people’s names before killing the editor, three cartoonists and the deputy chief editor
•Editor Stephane Charbonnier had famously shrugged off threats, saying: ‘I’d rather die standing than live kneeling’
•Horrific footage shows a police officer begging for his life before being shot in the head at point-blank range
•Cartoonist Corrine Rey told how she cowered with her young daughter as she watched two colleagues gunned down
•Killers fled in stolen car across eastern Paris after a ‘mass shoot-out’ with police officers and remain on the loose
•Militants believed to be from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula which was behind plane bomb plots in US and UK
•Three suspects said to be all French citizens – a homeless teenage man aged 18, and two brothers aged 32 and 34
•Newspaper had earlier posted a picture of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on its Twitter account
•Publication’s offices were firebombed in 2011 for publishing satirical cartoon of Prophet Mohammed
•White House had previously criticised Charlie Hebdo in 2012 for publishing its religiously sensitive cartoons
Two brothers were tonight named as being among the three suspects involved in a deadly terrorist attack on an anti-Islamist newspaper in France.
Said Kouachi, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, were identified along with Hamyd Mourad, 18, with all three from the Paris commuter town of Gennevilliers.
A raid by France’s elite anti-terrorist unit was under way late tonight in Reims as part of the hunt for the gunmen who attacked the newspaper.
Either the suspects will be able to escape, or ‘there will be a showdown’, said a member of the unit, urging reporters at the scene to remain ‘vigilant’.
At least 100,000 people gathered across France tonight to back the publication, Charlie Hebdo, as a huge manhunt was launched to find the attackers.
The suspected Al Qaeda militants massacred 12 people in Paris today – and among those slaughtered was a police officer as he begged for mercy.
Tonight, thousands of people went to Republique Square near the scene to honour the victims, holding signs reading ‘Je suis Charlie’ – ‘I am Charlie’.