Reports of gunfire near Paris as police chase brothers

Reports of gunfire near Paris as police chase brothers
Said and Cherif Kouachi.

There are reports of "intense" gunfire in a car chase northeast of Paris, near Charles de Gaulle Airport.

French police had been hunting suspected gunmen Said, 34, and Cherif Kouachi, 32, in houses and a forest to the north east of Paris, after 12 people died in an attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

Police are now chasing a vehicle on the A2 motorway.

There are reports too that a hostage or hostages have been taken.

The manhunt homed in on a region north of Paris as the nation mourned the dozen people murdered, while more than 88,000 security forces were deployed on the streets of France.

The authorities said they feared a second strike by the Kouachi brothers and distributed their portraits with the warning “armed and dangerous”.

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