Paris, Jan 8: Gunmen on Thursday shot dead a policewoman and left another person critically injured, a day after suspected Islamists massacred 12 people in an attack on a French satirical magazine.
The Thursday shooting occurred around 7.15 a.m. in Montrouge, a densely populated area of Paris.
Xinhua said a man fired at the two with an automatic rifle, leaving the two critical wounded. The municipal policewoman succumbed to her injuries.
The suspect, born in 1962 and known to the police due to previous convictions, was on the run, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said at the shooting scene.
"A man wearing a bullet-proof vest fired on police officers with an automatic rifle just outside Paris, seriously injuring one of them", a police source said.
A suspect has since been detained, another source close to the case said. Gunmen have escaped in the metro. [Mosque attacked in France]
Here are the latest updates:
- Two armed suspects in Paris magazine shooting 'located' in north France.
- "Paris newspaper Charlie Hebdo will come out next week, despite bloodbath", says editorialist
- Several attacks against France mosques since magazine killings: Officials
- Explosion at kebab shop near mosque in eastern France, no casualties.
- French police officer dies following shooting in southern Paris.
- French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve quit his emergency inter-ministerial meeting in the Elysee Palace and is on his way to the scene.
- An explosion takes place in a restaurant in Lyon in Paris. No injuries reported yet.
- 'Several detentions have been made in connection with #ParisShooting,' says French PM Manuel Valls.
- There is no link confirmed with Wednesday's attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.
- The manager of a petrol station near Villers-Cotteret in the northern Aisne region "recognised the two men suspected of having participated in the attack against Charlie Hebdo", the source said.
- Chinese government and its citizens denounced terrorism and mourned the victims of a military-style Islamist attack on a French satirical paper in Paris.
- Several Dutch media observed a minute of silence for the victims of the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
- Italy is beefing up security as a precautionary measure following Wednesday's deadly terrorist attack in Paris, Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said
On Jan 7, Wednesday, 12 people were killed including 9 journalists and 2 policemen in the firing incident inside the headquarters of the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Seven people have been detained in the hunt for brothers suspected of gunning down 12 people in an Islamist assault on a satirical weekly, a judicial source said today.
The masked, black-clad gunmen burst into the offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine yesterday before jumping into a car and escaping.
Police have issued arrest warrants for Cherif Kouachi, 32, a known jihadist convicted in 2008 for involvement in a network sending fighters to Iraq, and his 34-year-old brother Said. Both were born in Paris. A third, a youngster, surrendered to police later.
(With AFP inputs)