France hunts for 2 suspects, nation mourns their victims
PARIS -- French police officials identified three men as suspects in a deadly attack against newspaper offices that killed 12 people and shook the nation on Wednesday.
Two officials named the suspects as Frenchmen Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, who are brothers and in their early 30s, as well as 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality wasn't immediately clear.
One of the officials said they were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network. A witness of Wednesday's shootings at the offices of weekly satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo said one of the attackers told onlookers, "You can tell the media that it's al Qaeda in Yemen."
France's president Francois Hollande has declared a national day of mourning today following the bloody raid on the Paris headquarters of the magazine Charlie Hebdo, which angered some Muslims after publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
In the UK, Home Secretary Theresa May will chair a meeting of the Government's emergency committee Cobra today, while Prime Minister David Cameron has offered the assistance of British spies to help French agencies investigate the atrocity.
Hundreds of people filled London's Trafalgar Square at a silent vigil for those killed at the massacre and there were similar scenes in Paris and other French cities.
Many held pens, pencils and notebooks in the air to show their solidarity for the journalists and police murdered at Charlie Hebdo.
Others held aloft makeshift placards reading "Je suis Charlie" - "I am Charlie".
One of the suspects in the attack, Cherif Kouachi, was convicted in 2008 of terrorism charges for helping funnel fighters to Iraq's insurgency and sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Survivor and Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Corinne "Coco" Rey was quoted by French newspaper L'Humanite as saying: "I had gone to collect my daughter from day care and as I arrived in front of the door of the paper's building two hooded and armed men threatened us. They wanted to go inside, to go upstairs. I entered the code.
"They fired on Wolinski, Cabu ... it lasted five minutes ... I sheltered under a desk ... They spoke perfect French ... claimed to be from al Qaida."
Gilles Boulanger, who works in the same building, likened the scene to a war zone.
"A neighbor called to warn me that there were armed men in the building and that we had to shut all the doors," he said.
"And several minutes later there were several shots heard in the building from automatic weapons firing in all directions.
"So then we looked out of the window and saw the shooting was on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir, with the police. It was really upsetting. You'd think it was a war zone."
The masked gunmen armed with automatic rifles who carried out the attack were heard shouting "Allahu Akbar" - God is greatest - as they stormed the office before firing indiscriminately, killing a number of the publication's staff and two police officers.
The attackers also reportedly shouted: "We have avenged the prophet." No group has yet claimed responsibility for the atrocity.
Chilling footage taken by terrified witnesses from windows and on rooftops overlooking the scene showed the terrorists shooting one of their victims, who appears to be in a police uniform, in cold blood at close range as he lay already injured on a pavement of the otherwise deserted Paris street. A bullet-ridden Police Nationale vehicle was left nearby.(via CNTV &english.sina.com)
重点解析 Key Phrases/Words
1. suspect n. 嫌疑犯
2. onlooker n. 旁观者，目击者;观众（等于spectator）复数:onlookers
3. witness n. 目击者，见证人; vt. 出席或知道;作记录;提供或作为…的证据 vi. 做证人;见证
4. mourn v. 表示深深的遗憾;哀悼;悲哀地说
5. raid n.急袭，突然袭击，突击，vi. 对…进行突然袭击;进行奇袭
6. solidarity .n. 团结
7. atrocity n. 暴行;凶恶，残暴;恶劣的行为
8. liken vt. 比拟;把…比作
9. avenge vt. 为…复仇;为…报复 vi. 报复;报仇
10. prophet n. 预言家，先知;倡导者，主张者