Hooded gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a satirical magazine known for lampooning Islam and other religions on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people in the most deadly militant attack on French soil in decades.
Police staged a huge manhunt for the attackers who escaped after shooting dead some of France's top cartoonists at the Charlie Hebdo weekly, as well as two police officers.
One of the assailants was captured on video outside the building shouting "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Greatest) as shots rang out. Another walked over to a police officer lying wounded on the street and shot him point-blank with an assault rifle, before the two calmly climbed into a black car and drove off.
I offer my deepest sympathies to the French.
I hope that we offer whatever help we can to make sure the attackers are not pre-dead for long.
The only good jihadi is a dead jihadi, after all. Let's be grateful there aren't more alive.