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Reports: Suspects in French hostage situations killed; Both incidents over

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Posted at 9:07 AM, Jan 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-09 13:08:17-05

12:18 p.m. Eastern UPDATE:

The Associated Press reports that police officials said four people are dead, including a gunman, at the Paris kosher grocery store.

See the below Newsy report for the latest information on the resolution of both conflicts.

11:31 a.m. Eastern UPDATE:

A pair of intense hostage situations in France ended Friday when police killed at least three suspects believed to be involved in Wednesday's massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices.

At about 11:15 a.m. Eastern (5:15 p.m. French time), several explosions as well as rounds of gunfire were heard ringing out at both sites.

An industrial complex in Dammartin-en-Goele, about 25 miles from Paris, was the site where brothers Charif and Said Kouachi were holding one person hostage. The pair were wanted after it's believed they carried out an attack in Paris this week that left 12 people dead. Both Kouachi brothers were killed by law enforcement, according to CNN reports at 5:33 p.m. French time.

In Paris, as many as six people were taken hostage by a separate pair of suspects inside a kosher grocery store. Also at approximately 5:33 p.m., reports indicated that hostages were being freed from that market and that one suspect had been killed.

Amedy Coulibaly, a 32-year-old male, was identified as the man responsible for that incident and he was reportedly killed by law enforcement. Coulibaly had an accomplice in the hostage situation — 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene — but it's unclear what happened to her.

 

11:20 a.m. Eastern UPDATE:

Several explosions and rounds of gunfire have reportedly been heard at the sites of two hostage situations ongoing in France today.

Just before 11 a.m. Eastern (5 p.m. in Paris), Sky News tweeted a picture of an explosion near the industrial building where two suspects from Wednesday's massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office have been holed up all day. They also indicated that the suspects had taken one person hostage.

 

French law enforcement agencies remain embroiled in a separate terror situation today, about 20 miles from that initial site.

The Associated Press reported at about 8:30 a.m. Eastern (2:30 p.m. in Paris) that a shooting and hostage-taking attack was ongoing at a kosher grocery store in Paris. Additionally, officers in nearby Dammartin-en-Goele have surrounded the industrial building.

There have been conflicting reports regarding fatalities in the grocery store situation but Agence France-Presse reported that two people had been killed. French police have yet to confirm whether any people have been killed in the standoff. At approximately the same time the explosions were heard at the first site, several explosions were heard ringing out near the grocery store.

 

Additional reports indicate that as many as six hostages are still being held in that grocery store. Shortly after the siege began, French police released the identities and mugshots of the suspected hostage-takers. Amedy Coulibaly, a 32-year-old male, and Hayat Boumeddiene, a 26-year-old woman were ID'd as those responsible for the deadly hostage crisis in Paris today.

Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene are shown in this composite. Both are suspected in a hostage crisis at a grocery in Paris on Friday.

The two separate incidents could be linked but any reports of a connection are unconfirmed. At 9 a.m. Eastern (3 p.m. in Paris), the Associated Press reported that police identified Coulibaly as a third assailant in Wednesday's attack which left 12 dead.

See the Newsy report below for more on the initial police standoff involving two Charlie Hebdo shooting suspects, which is still ongoing.