Paris police are currently engaging in a standoff with an armed man, Amedy Coulibaly (pictured right) in Eastern Paris, the New York Daily News reports.
The 32-year-old Coulibaly reportedly killed a policewoman in the city Thursday, officers report.
On Friday, the fugitive took five hostages at a kosher store in the Porte de Vincennes neighborhood, where he remains holed up. Two people in the store have been reported killed thus far.
Watch live coverage of the hostage situation here:
Additional reports suggest Coulibaly is armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle. That happens to be the exact weapon used in Wednesday’s attack on Charlie Hebdo.
Authorities have linked Coulibaly to Cherif Kouachi, one of two remaining suspects in the mass shooting at the paper.
Coulibaly has a minor rap sheet: Officials indicted him in 2013 for his efforts to free convicted terrorist Smain Ait Ali Belkacem; Kouachi was also arrested in that incident.
The standoff comes as officers have surrounded Kouachi and brother Said in a warehouse with their own hostage. Coulibaly has demanded police let the brothers go.
Coulibaly’s girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddiene (pictured left of Coulibaly), is also wanted in the policewoman’s murder.
More as it comes.
UPDATED 01/09/15 11:53 a.m., EST: Officials have reportedly stormed the kosher store and shot Coulibaly dead, the Associated Press reports. His remaining hostages were seen leaving the store. Additionally, Said and Cherif Kouachi were killed during their simultaneous standoff with officers in a Northeast Paris printing warehouse, police claim. Their hostage safely managed to escape.
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