During a manhunt of unprecedented scale, French police hunted down and killed the primary Charlie Hebdo attackers in two violent altercations last week.
Reacting swiftly and aggressively after the violent terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office in Paris, the French government deployed elements from the French military and GIGN, France’s elite counter-terrorist and hostage rescue team, to augment thousands of French law enforcement officers in the hunt for the Charlie Hebdo attackers.
Paris was soon crawling with Soldiers as members of the military were deployed to protect high profile targets, such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
Helicopters filled the skies and there were even unconfirmed reports of a French Lelerc tank being present at one of the hostage crises several days after the attack.
Two days after the attack, French police tracked down and cornered the two primary suspects from the shooting at an industrial facility near Dammartin-en-Goële after a chase covering nearly 30 km and a short gunfight.
After a siege lasting several hours, a helicopter was used to insert French police commandos on the roof of the building. After a short but intense gunfight involving multiple explosions, both terrorists were killed by the French police.
Upon searching the area, police found 2x AK-47 rifles, an RPG launcher, and several Molotov Cocktails.
The same day, another terrorist who was an acquaintance of the two killed at Dammartin-en-Goële (and a purported member of ISIS), opened fire at a Kosher Market in Porte de Vincennes with 2x AK-47 rifles. During the attack, he killed four customers and took 15 hostages.
In a raid that occurred almost simultaneously with the raid by the police at Dammartin-en-Goële, police forces stormed the supermarket, killed the gunman and released the hostages.
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