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Paris Manhunt Ends in 2 Separate Raids: 3 Suspects, 4 Hostages Dead

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A screengrab taken from an AFP TV video shows a general view of members of the French police special forces launching the assault at a kosher grocery store in Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris, on January 9, 2015. (Gabrielle Chatelain/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 09 Jan 2015 01:38 PM

A Paris manhunt for suspected terrorists ended Friday as police carried out raids on two hostage sites, during which three suspects and at least four hostages were killed.

Reuters reported that brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi, 32 and 34, were killed inside of a warehouse after hours of standoff with the police in the village of Dammartin-en-Goele, roughly 30 miles outside of Paris. They holed up in the warehouse after a high-speed car chase, taking at least one hostage now believed to have been freed during the raid.

"The operation in Dammartin is finished," Rocco Contento, spokesman for the Unité S.G.P. police union in Paris, told The New York Times. "The two suspects have been killed and the hostage has been freed. The special counterterrorism forces located where the terrorists are and broke down the door. They took them by surprise. It lasted a matter of minutes."

French law enforcement also ended a hostage-standoff in the capital on Friday, storming a Jewish supermarket and killing Amedy Coulibaly, 32. Police said he was linked to the killing of a policewoman south of Paris on Thursday. At least four hostages were reported dead by Agence France-Presse and Reuters.

Another suspect in the police killing described as Coulibaly's girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddiene, remains at large.

The Kouachis, French-born brothers of Algerian origin, are suspected of carrying out the now infamous attack on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, which killed 12. The magazine had been under threat from Islamic terrorists since 2006, when it re-printed a satirical cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad, and was firebombed in 2011 after it printed its own satirical cartoons.

During the attack, the gunmen are reported to have said, "We have killed Charlie Hebdo! We have avenged the Prophet!"

All three suspects are believed to be linked to a larger Islamist terror group.

"They said they want to die as martyrs," said Yves Albarello, a lawmaker who said he was inside the police command post in Dammartin-en-Goele.

During the standoff outside of Paris, police convinced the suspects to allow an evacuation of nearby schools after establishing phone contact.

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