Another Attack in Paris


Cullen Langley, Writer

On October 3rd, 2015 Islamic extremists killed 12 people outside the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office. Charlie Hebdo is a satirical newspaper company that features cartoons, reports, polemics (a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something), and jokes. According to the extremists involved in the shooting were two brothers who believed the newspaper blasphemed Islam by publishing Muhammad caricatures. At 11:30 they got out of a black Citroen C3 with Kalashnikov assault rifles. They bust in to the area where the newspaper was located.  Cherif and Said Kouachi asked staff in reception where the magazine’s offices were. They then shot caretaker Frederic Boisseau killing him. They killed the police guard Franck Brinsolaro, before asking for editor Stephane Charbonnier, and four cartoonists by name and killing them, along with three other editorial staff and a guest attending the meeting. They were both killed in a shootout with police at a later date.

On September 29th, 2020 an assailant stabbed two people in front of the old office of Charlie Hebdo severely injuring them. said “Describing himself as “angry,” the assailant said he allegedly decided to carry out the attack without knowing the newspaper had moved,”. Jean-Francois Ricard a Counterterrorism prosecutor said the Pakistan-born suspect identified himself as Zaher Hassan Mahmood, 25. He originally identified himself as Hassan Ali, aged 18, until police found a picture of his passport was found on his phone. Zaher said he had seen the reprinted caricatures in Pakistan due to more than a dozen people involved in the 2015 attacks being put on trial in September. Prosecutor Ricard has said “Initially, he wanted to enter the building, if needed….When he came in front of it and saw the victims, he thought they worked for the satirical publication and decided to attack them,”. Zaher has not said he is affiliated with any terrorist group, however his relatives have told Ricard that he had been watching videos of the radical Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistani party known as TLP. A couple of Zaher’s associates and relatives were released with no charges.