Dramatic raids end two hostage crises in France
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.