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French intervention police take up position near the scene of a hostage taking at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris January 9, 2015.
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Near the scene of the standoff in eastern Paris.

French police have killed three hostage-takers after siege of two sites

Updated at 17:00 GMT

Le Monde (French) and Reuters reported that Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, the brothers who killed 12 people at the office of magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday, were killed after taking a hostage at a print shop in Dammartin-en-Goële, to the north-east of Paris. The brothers had exchanged fire with police at a roadblock on their way to the industrial town earlier in the day. The hostage was freed.

Meanwhile, in eastern Paris, more shooting and another hostage crisis unfolded at a kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes.

In an operation co-ordinated with police in Dammartin-en-Goële, the gunman there, Amedy Coulibaly, an alleged associate of the Kouachi brothers, was also killed. He had reportedly made demands to police to release the Kouachi brothers from their siege outside the city. Media reports have linked Coulibaly to the killing of a policewoman in a southern Paris suburb yesterday.

Photos of some hostages being set free were from the store were posted by Agence France Presse. But several others are reported to have been killed.

France has mobilized some 90,000 police and other forces to handle the two separate hostage standoffs, which followed the Jan. 7 shootings at Charlie Hebdo.

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