The Oslo Times Condemns attack on Charlie Hedbo
Jan 7, Oslo: Hatef Mokhtar, the Editor-in-Chief of the Oslo Times International News Network, on behalf of the entire The Oslo Times family has condemned the attack on the head quarter of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hedbo in Paris on Wednesday morning.
He termed the attack as ‘barbaric’ while claiming that the attack reflected how vulnerable journalists are in today’s world. “This was not just a carnage directed towards Charlie Hebdo it was an outrageous carnage on freedom of press,” he said.
The cold blooded attack that left 12 people dead and 10 injured was a response to Charlie’s latest tweet of a cartoon of the Islamic State militant group leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Ten members of staff, including the magazine’s editor-in-chief and caricaturist Stephane Charbonnier (who publishes under the pen name Charb) along with two police officers were killed during the carnage and three people are reportedly in critical condition.According to the police, the staff was in an editorial meeting when the gunmen headed straight for the paper’s editor, Stephane Charbonnier and his body guard. There are also reports of that one of the shooter shouted out”Hey! We avenged the Prophet Muhammad! We killed Charlie Hebdo, in French.
“Whatever the reason , this attack was an attack on the very corner stone of democracy and The Oslo Times strongly condemns such acts of terror,” Mokhtar said.
Approximately, 3,000 police have been deployed on the streets of Paris in search of the attackers and they have tracked down the car used by the killers, a black Citroen, just hours after the incident.
“The Oslo Times would also like to express our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and loved ones of the deceased,” he added.
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