Video obtained by Reuters shows Cherif and Said Kouachi firing at police after their attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
Video obtained by Reuters on Tuesday (Janury 13) shows the two gunmen who murdered 12 people in the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine engaging in a shootout with police after leaving the scene. The amateur video, shot from a rooftop near the magazine's offices in Paris, shows the two hooded and black clad gunmen shortly after they carried out the attack on January 7. One of the men - later named as brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi - shouted "We have avenged the Prophet Mohammad" and "al Qaeda Yemen" before they both reloaded their automatic weapons and started to drive their black Citroen getaway car down a narrow street. But their path was blocked by a police car which arrived with blue lights flashing and both men got out of the Citroen and fired at the police vehicle, which rapidly reversed away from the scene before halting about 200 metres away. After seeming to hesitate, the brothers in the black Citroen bear down on the police car with one of the men apparently hanging out of the passenger's window while firing at the police. The police car remained motionless as the attackers car drew alongside before turning left and vanishing from sight. It is thought the police car was struck by several bullets but the officers inside were unhurt. The Kouachis did kill another policeman - Ahmed Merabet - as he lay on the ground after being wounded, seen in another video which was posted on a social media website on the day of the attack. It is not known whether the exchange of fire featured in the video released on Tuesday occurred before or after the shootout that killed Merabet. A second police officer was also killed during the brothers' assault on Charlie Hedbo's office. The brothers were killed by police gunfire after a siege at a print works at Dammartin-en-Goele, 35 kilometres from Paris on Friday (January 9).