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World strongly condemns terrorist attack on media office in Paris

New Delhi: The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a media office in Paris and expressed anguish over the loss of innocent lives. The President said terror and violence have no place in any corner of the world. The world community must unite to root out terror from every country and society. The President of India conveyed his condolences to the families of the bereaved and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. PM of India condemns attack in Paris The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, has condemned the attack in Paris. "Condemnable and despicable attack in Paris. Our solidarity with people of France. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives," the Prime Minister said. Terrorist attack Three masked and hooded gunmen armed with Kalashnikovs and a rocket-launcher stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo this morning, killing 12 people – including two policemen – before escaping in a hijacked car, report Kim Willsher and Jon Henley: A spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, confirmed that 12 people had been killed in the attack. Witnesses and police sources said three men carrying automatic rifles and a rocket-launcher arrived at the building that houses the magazine’s offices, in rue Nicolas Appert in the eastern 11th arrondissement. Cries of “Allahu Akbar” were heard, they said. ‘France in state of shock,’ says President Hollande from scene of attack. The magazine’s Twitter handle published a cartoon wishing a happy new year “and particularly good health” to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State (Isis). Its cover this week features Michel Houellebecq’s provocative new novel, Submission, which satirises France under a Muslim president. These are just the latest examples of a publication that responds to efforts at intimidation by being even more irreverent or outrageous, defying the constraints of religious sensitivity or political correctness. In November 2011, the magazine’s offices were fire-bombed after it published a special edition, supposedly guest-edited by the prophet Muhammad and temporarily renamed “Charia Hebdo”. The cover was a cartoon of Muhammad threatening the readers with “a hundred lashes if you don’t die laughing”. The petrol bomb attack completely destroyed the Paris offices, the magazine’s website was hacked and staff were subjected to death threats. But that did not deter the magazine, whose editor, Stéphane Charbonnier, has received death threats and lives under police protection.

About Sanjay Trivedi

Sanjay Trivedi is honorary editor of Asia Times. He is senior Indian Journalist having vast experience of 25 years. He worked in Janmabhoomi, Vyapar, Divya Bhaskar etc. newspapers and TV9 Channel as well as www.news4education.com. He also served as Media Officer in Gujarat Technological University.

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