Hundreds of armed police are surrounding business premises near Paris airport after killer brothers seize hostage.
Armed police have surrounded the Charlie Hebdo killers after they seized a hostage and are now holed up in a business premises near a Paris airport.
Al Qaeda gunmen Said Kouachi, 34, and his brother, Cherif, 33, have reportedly told police negotiators: ‘We are ready to die as martyrs’.
MailOnline understands police scrambled phone signals in the area after the gunmen made contact with a fellow jihadist while inside the building.
Officers are hunting the associate who is feared to be behind the murder of a police officer yesterday and a new hostage crisis ongoing in Paris today.
The third hostage-taker, named as Amedy Coulibay, 32, this afternoon took at least six captives at a kosher grocery, leaving two people dead.
Coulibay is thought to be demanding that the Kouachi brothers be allowed to go free, according to reports.
Revelations that a call was made by the Kouachis suggests they may have instructed Coulibay to carry out today’s atrocity to leverage their escape.
There are reports of another armed incident near the Eiffel Tower, with images showing police training their guns down the stairs of a Metro station.
Local media reports that the brothers met Coulibay while in prison.
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