Posted: 7 January, 2015
Gunmen attack French satirical paper.
UPDATE: Millions of people have marched in France and across the world, in a sign of solidarity after Islamic attacks in Paris killed 17 people.
Around one and a half million turned out in Paris, joined by 40 heads of state, the people chanting "Charlie" and "freedom."
British Prime Minister David Cameron says it's important the world shows it is united against terrorism.
"I think there is something in Prime Ministers and Presidents from other countries saying we stand, we stand with you the French Government and the French people in this important time because we have the same values and we face the same threat."One of the largest rallies outside of France took place in Berlin,Germany, where 18,000 people marched many in t-shirts reading 'Checkpoint Charlie Hebdo,' in reference to an East and West crossing in Berlin during the Cold War.
2000 people gathered in London's Trafalgar Square, many raising pencils to the sky.
Landmarks including the Tower Bridge were illuminated in the colours of the French flag.
Australians also showed their support including, Sydneysiders who joined together in Martin Place where just weeks ago the city suffered its own terror attack.
Earlier On Triple M
Firemen are seen in front of the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo following mass shooting (Getty Images)
The attack on CHARLIE HEBDO we’ve seen unfold yesterday was France's deadliest post-war terrorist attack. French police officials have made a breakthrough in finding the gunmen saying they have identified three suspects.
Two French Police officials named the suspects as SAID KOUACHI and CHERIF KOUACHI, both brothers, in their early 30’s and described as Frenchmen. The third suspect is just 18 years old, HAMYD MOURAD. His nationality wasn't made clear.
CHERIF KOUACHI was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for funnelling fighters for Iraq's insurgency; he served 18 months in prison. One of the officials said they were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network.
(The two brothers who are suspected of the atttack, Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi)
The officials who spoke to media did so through anonymity as they were not authorised to publicly discuss the sensitive and ongoing investigation.
Although there were early reports the gunmen were in custody, Paris officials stated there have been no arrests.
In a statement to media French President, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE said there have been several terror plots unhinged by French authorities in the weeks leading up to the attack at CHARLIE HEBDO headquarters.
French and European authorities have feared that jihadis returning from conflicts in Syria and Iraq would stage attacks back home.
The attack has been widely condemned:
THE WHITE HOUSE: Pres. Obama stating to help America’s “oldest ally”.
DOWNING STREET: British PM, David Cameron said his country stood united with France.
THE KREMLIN: Putin called the attacks a "cynical crime", he’s even pledged the fight on terrorism.
Two of the gunmen are brothers, SAID KOUACHI and CHERIF KOUACHI
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Heavily armed men shouting "Allahu Akbar" have stormed the Paris headquarters of a satirical weekly, killing 12 people in the worst attack in France in decades.
Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo around 11.30am local time on Wednesday.
Initial reports said that as many as 11 people have been killed, including journalists and police.
Witnesses say multiple attackers ran into the office and opened fire with assault rifles.
British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to the shootings on Twitter:
GALLERY: Cartoonists pay tribute to Charlie Hebdo victims.