(Content Warning: Violence/Disturbing Images)
Masked gunmen attacked the offices of weekly satirical paper, Charlie Hebdo, in Paris this morning. At least 12 people are confirmed dead, with three injured, according to the Washington Post. French President Francois Hollande called the shooting, a “terrorist attack without a doubt,” and raised the terrorism alert for France to its highest level. The newspaper had previously received numerous threats over drawings of the Prophet Muhammad and other caricatures of Muslim religious figures. In 2011, Charlie Hebdo was firebombed after releasing a cartoon of Muhammad. The French President mentioned that similar terror attacks had been thwarted in recent weeks but did not give any details. The attackers, armed with automatic weapons, escaped the scene in two vehicles.