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CNN: Police Free Paris Hostages, Kouachi Brothers Killed

One of the suspects is reported to have escaped, but there appears to be confirmation that the two Charlie Hebdo shooters have been killed.


Cherif and Said Kouachi, the two brothers wanted in the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine, have been killed by security forces in a town where they'd been surrounded, a local mayor said.

About the same time late Friday afternoon, explosions could be heard around where people were being held hostage in a kosher grocery store in eastern Paris.

Some police were injured in the operation at the eastern Paris kosher grocery store, police union spokesman Pascal Disand said. At least 10 hostages escaped, and the hostage-taker -- Amedy Coulibaly, 32, one of two people wanted in Thursday's deadly shooting of a policewoman south of Paris -- was killed, Disand said.

• The hostages being held at the market near Porte de Vincennes are alive, and "the terrorist is dead," tweeted Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the United States.

• Police at the scene of the grocery store siege shouted "get down!" and "we've got him," video from CNN affiliate BFMTV show.

• Police could be seen leaving the eastern Paris grocery store, where hostages were being held, with people late Friday afternoon.

• Large explosions could be heart around 5:10 p.m. (11:10 a.m ET) Friday near the store.

• The hostage-taker there demanded freedom for the Kouachi brothers -- the suspects in the massacre at the offices of Charlie Hebdo -- witnesses said, according to Pascal Disand of the Alliance Police Union.

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