After a dramatic car chase, casualties, and gun fire, police in Paris have reportedly closed in on the suspects in the Charlie Hebdo magazine, who have taken one or several hostages, with injuries also reported.
On Thursday morning, gunfire was allegedly heard near Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris, according to an unconfirmed report from the Air News agency. Other reports add that police have closed in on the suspects some eight miles from the airport. The airport has been partially closed while police conduct attempt to apprehend the terror suspects.
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Two of four runways have been closed at the airport as the operation to neutralize the Paris shooting suspects is underway, reported the media. Planes cross the Dammartin-en-Goele commune while approaching CDG airport.
The suspects are holding one hostage, police sources told AFP.
The Charles de Gaulle School in Dammartin-en-Goele is under lockdown as police have surrounded the town. Pupils were instructed to stay away from windows, said a high school student in Figaro.
“Some students are crying,” said another, adding that her friend was “terrified.”
France’s interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve confirmed an operation to detain suspects was underway northeast of Paris. Security teams are being mobilized in Dammartin-en-Goele, he added.
We have indications that the terrorists are within our perimeter,” said Cazeneuve. “The national police and the gendarmerie are working to locate them.”
“Police forces are in place and the operation is being conducted minute by minute, led by the director general of the gendarmerie and the national police, the counter terror authorities and the Interior Ministry,” he added.
Several schools, located close to the printing house where the suspects have been surrounded, have been evacuated, French media reported.
The Henri Dunant primary school is only 300 meter