Dramatic raids end two hostage crises in France

  • People watched on Avenue Joffre as police mobilized at the hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on Jan. 9, 2015, in Paris, France. According to reports, at least five people have been taken hostage in a kosher deli in the Port de Vincennes area of Paris. A huge manhunt for the two suspected gunmen in Wednesday’s deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine entered a third day. 
  • A helicopter flies over Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where two brothers suspected of killing 12 people in Paris were cornered by police on Jan. 9, 2015. Explosions were heard at the site where the hostage drama unfolded at a printing business in the small town of Dammartin-en-Goele, seven miles from Paris’s main Charles de Gaulle airport, journalists reported. 
  • Members of the French police special forces evacuated the hostages after launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan. 9, 2015. 
  • Police officers storm the kosher grocery store where a gunman held several hostages, in Paris, Jan. 9, 2015. The assault came moments after a similar raid on the building where two brothers suspected in the Charlie Hebdo newspaper massacre were cornered. 
  • An assault group attack the CTD printing building in an industrial area where the suspects in the shooting attack at the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo headquarters reportedly held a hostage in Dammartin-en-Goele, near Paris on Jan. 9, 2015.
  • A hooded police officer aimed from a rooftop in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, where the two brothers suspected in a deadly terror attack were cornered, Jan. 9, 2015. Two sets of attackers seized hostages and locked down hundreds of French security forces around the capital on Friday, sending the city into fear and turmoil for a third day in a series of linked attacks that began with the deadly newspaper terror attack that left 12 people dead. 
  • Members of the French gendarmerie intervention forces arrived at the scene of a hostage taking at an industrial zone in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris on Jan. 9, 2015.
  • French special forces took position on a rooftop of the complex at the scene of a hostage taking at an industrial zone in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris on Jan. 9, 2015. 
  • Armed security forces flew overhead in a military helicopter in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, Jan. 9, 2015. French security forces swarmed this small industrial town northeast of Paris Friday in an operation to capture a pair of heavily armed suspects in the deadly storming of a satirical newspaper.
  • Members of the French police special forces launched an assault at a kosher grocery store where a gunman held people hostage in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on Jan. 9, 2015. AFP. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
  • Children waited inside the Henri Dunand school before being moved to a safe location to be picked up by their parents in Dammartin-en-Goele, 19 miles northeast of Paris, France, Jan. 9, 2015. French security forces struggled with two rapidly developing hostage-taking situations Friday, one northeast of Paris where two terror suspects were holed up with a hostage in a printing plant and the other an attack on a kosher market in Paris. 
  • Police forces gathered at Porte de Vincennes, east of Paris, where a gunman took hostages at a kosher grocery store on Jan. 9, 2015. The attacker was suspected of being the same gunman who killed a policewoman in a shooting in Montrouge in southern Paris on Jan. 8. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
  • People were led away from the scene as police mobilized with reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on Jan. 9, 2015, in Paris, France.
  • Police mobilized after receiving reports of a hostage situation at Port de Vincennes on Jan. 9, 2015 in Paris, France. 

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French authorities stormed a building on the outskirts of the nation’s capital on Friday, ending a 50-hour manhunt, freeing one hostage and killing the two men suspected of carrying out a massacre Wednesday in Paris. 

At the same time, paramilitary police burst into a kosher market, killing a gunman who was holding a number of hostages. He was identified as Amedy Coulibaly and reportedly connected to Chérif and Säid Kouachi, the brothers suspected of killing 12 people in the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

The simultaneous raids end a series of attacks — now believed to be related — that have gripped France since the Wednesday shooting.

As night fell on the two areas, officials worked to confirm the details and safety of hostages in the two sites. Despite reports that there could be many hostages inside the print shop, NBC News confirms that there was just one person held captive in the shop and that the individual was freed. Five people can be seen in photos from the scene of the supermarket being escorted out by police and Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the U.S., tweeted that all hostages were safe. The Associated Press, however, reported that a number were killed inside.

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