Delhi: Heavily armed gunmen stormed a Paris satirical newspaper office on Wednesday and shot dead at least 12 people in the deadliest attack in France in four decades.
The capital was placed under the highest alert status after the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical weekly.
Editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier, known as Charb, and the cartoonists known as Cabu, Tignous and Wolinski were killed in the attack on the paper, a judicial source said, as per PTI.
President Francois Hollande, who immediately rushed to the scene of the shooting, described it as a barbaric terrorist attack.
Micro-blogging site Twitter was flooded with comments after the attack.
Following are some of the Tweets:
You can shoot at the staff of a satire magazine, but you can't kill humour. That's irony, a sister of satire. #CharlieHebdo
— jairaj singh (@JairajSinghR) January 7, 2015
— rohini (@rotalks) January 7, 2015
US Sec of State Kerry - no matter your view of the magazine, freedom of expression can't be killed by an act of terrorism #CharlieHebdo
— Jane Hill (@JaneHillNews) January 7, 2015
The pain is mightier than any sword. #CharlieHebdo
— Soumik Sen (@bangdu) January 7, 2015
Condolences to all who lost friends or family today #CharlieHebdo - cowardice must not triumph!
— Ralph Steadman Art (@SteadmanArt) January 7, 2015
— Tom Klein (@tmsklein) January 7, 2015
If you feel the need to kill because your beliefs were made fun of, how strong were those beliefs to begin with? #CharlieHebdo
— George O'Connor (@GeorgetheMighty) January 7, 2015
— DR. AyEsHa (@DrAyesha4) January 7, 2015
This was a barbaric attack on innocent French citizens and on our shared belief in the fundamental right of free expression. #CharlieHebdo
— Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer) January 7, 2015
"I prefer to die standing than living on my knees." #CharlieHebdo
— Steven Greenstreet (@MiddleOfMayhem) January 7, 2015
We are continually reminded evil exists #parisshooting
— Adam Housley (@adamhousley) January 7, 2015
— Muhammad Safeen (@SafeensS) January 7, 2015