The scene of Friday’s hostage crisis at a kosher grocery in eastern Paris. Credit: YouTube screenshot.
(JNS.org) While the French operation to apprehend the Islamist terrorists behind Wednesday’s deadly shooting at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper continues, at least two people have been killed Friday in a developing hostage crisis at a kosher grocery store in the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood of eastern Paris, where an Islamist gunman took five people hostage.
Reports indicate that the gunman at the kosher grocery, who is armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, is refusing to set his hostages free until security forces end their siege of fugitive brothers Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, the suspected Charlie Hebdo shooters. The Kouachi brothers have taken a hostage of their own amid their standoff with the police.
The French-Jewish website JSSNews identified the Islamist terrorist behind Friday’s siege on the kosher grocery as Ahmedi Koulibaly.
“People are very scared,” Rabbi Levy Dijan, a New York-based French rabbi who consulted with contacts in Paris regarding the hostage crisis, told The Algemeiner. “The Jewish community is hoping for the best outcome.”
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