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Hunt on for French magazine attackers

By The Assam Tribune

PARIS, Jan 8 � French security forces were desperately hunting today two brothers suspected of gunning down 12 people in an Islamist attack on a satirical weekly, as a stunned and outraged France mourned the victims, reports PTI.

The massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine yesterday triggered poignant and spontaneous demonstrations of solidarity around the world and more than 100,000 poured onto the streets of France.

Shocked people from Moscow to Washington rallied in their tens of thousands under the banner �I am Charlie�, in support of press freedom and the controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine that has repeatedly lampooned Prophet Mohammed.

As fear spread after the country�s bloodiest attack in half a century, several other incidents rocked the jittery nation, although it was not clear whether they were linked to yesterday�s attack.

A gunman shot dead a policewoman and wounded a city employee with an automatic rifle just to the south of Paris and there was an explosion at a kebab shop in eastern France, with no casualties immediately reported.

Two Muslim places of worship were fired at in the wake of yesterday�s attacks, prosecutors said.

Declaring today a national day of mourning - only the fifth in the last 50 years - President Francois Hollande called the bloodbath �an act of exceptional barbarity� and �undoubtedly a terrorist attack�.

But 24 hours after the brazen daylight assault, the masked, black-clad gunmen - who shouted �Allahu akbar� (�God is greatest�) while killing some of France�s most outspoken journalists as well as two policemen - were still on the loose.

Police 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.

The two men were likely to be �armed and dangerous,� authorities warned.

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