Rey said she had returned from picking up her young daughter from a
kindergarten when she was confronted by two heavily armed men wearing
'I had gone to pick up my daughter at day care,
arriving in front of the magazine building, where two masked and armed
men brutally threatened us,' said Ms Rey, who draws under the name
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Hebdo, hid underneath a desk with her daughter to escape the terrorists
who killed her colleagues
said they wanted to go up to the offices, so I tapped in the code,'
said Ms Rey, referring to the digi-code security system on the
Miss Rey and her daughter hid under a desk, from where they saw two other cartoonists being executed.
'They shot Wolinski and Cabu,' she said, 'It lasted five minutes. I had taken refuge under a desk.
She said the men 'spoke French perfectly' and 'claimed they were 'Al Qaeda terrorists'.
to Charlie Hebdo's lawyer, four cartoonists were killed by the masked
gunmen: Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous and Charb, the pen name of Stephane
Charbonnier, also the chief editor at Charlie Hebdo.
Corrine's story is one of several horrifying tales from people who saw and survived the attack in Paris today.
eye-witness, who works in an office in the same building, told the BBC
World Service: 'When I arrived at the scene it was quite disturbing as
you can imagine. There were several corpses on the floor.
arrived at the scene of the massacre just minutes after the attackers
had left, and described how he tried to make some room for the wounded
in the office.
the two attackers, who claim to be from Al Qaeda, outside the building
indiscriminately on the street outside. This tweet allegedly shows a
bullet hole from inside the Charlie Hebdo office building
were a lot of people down on the floor and there was blood everywhere.
extremely relieved that nobody was affected by the attacks in my own
office... but obviously I'm very traumatised by this attack and
everything and now we're in psychological hell where we're being
attended to by professionals.'
Giles Boulanger, who also works in
the same building, described to French news station Itele how a
colleague warned him that armed men had entered the building.
He said: 'several minutes later, we heard several shots in the building from automatic weapons from all directions.
'It was really upsetting. You'd think it was a war zone.'
headquarters of Charlie Hebdo was attacked with a 'firebomb' in
November 2011, after they put an image of the Propher Mohammed on its
French journalist, who arrived at the scene moments after the attackers
had fled, said: 'There was protection at the door but they killed the
police officers, they executed them and they started shooting in the
offices. There were more than 50 people inside.
‘It was difficult
to enter but these people, the suspects were heavily armed, and shot
the police so yeah, there was security but it was useless.’
said the suspected Al Qaeda killers were heard to shout 'the Prophet
has been avenged' and 'Allahu akbar!' – 'God is greatest' – as they
stalked the building.
Horrific footage also emerged showing an
injured police officer slumped on the pavement outside the office as two
of the gunmen approach.
Police officers were involved in a
gunfight with the men, who escaped in a hijacked car, speeding away
towards east Paris and remain on the loose, along with a third armed