PARIS — A massive manhunt is under way for two armed gunmen accused of killing 12 people at a satirical newspaper in Paris, as the French people observe a day of national mourning.
Bells rang out, Paris public transport stood still and children sat silent as France mourned 12 people killed in an attack on the newspaper officer of Charlie Hebdo that has rattled the nation.
French officials say one man sought in connection with the deadly shooting has surrendered. The two remaining suspects are French brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi.
French President Francois Hollande ordered flags at half-staff and a moment of silence Thursday to honor the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, which had caricatured the Prophet Muhammad. Witnesses said the attackers claimed allegiance to al-Qaida.
Onlookers wept while listening to bells peal at Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. The rector of the Paris Mosque called on Muslims to observe the moment of silence and honor victims of this “exceptional violence.”
Hollande called on the French to unite against terrorism and intolerance.