The French police on Friday killed the two brothers suspected of murdering 12 people at a Paris newspaper on Wednesday and freed their hostage unharmed, the authorities said.
The police launched a simultaneous raid on a kosher supermarket in Paris where an alleged associate of the brothers was holding a number of other hostages. At least some of those hostages escaped unharmed, according to the police.
Shortly after 5 p.m., explosions and gunfire were heard at a printing plant outside of Paris where the two brothers were holding a single hostage.
Moments later, gunfire erupted at the kosher supermarket, on the eastern end of Paris. One woman was seen running from the market as heavily armed police officers moved in, according to The Associated Press.
The French newspaper Le Monde reported that the supermarket hostage-taker had also been killed.