'Charlie Hebdo' : The French satirical newspaper attacked be Unidentified Gunmen,killed 12 people

  • Recently, the French satirical newspaper 'Charlie Hebdo' has been attacked by two masked gunmen on 7 January 2015 resulting in the death of paper's editor and 11 other people .
  • The attack was France's deadliest terror attack in at least two decades. 
  • It resulted in the death of newspaper's Chief Editor Charb (real name Stephane Charbonnier) and 3 cartoonists along with 9 others. 
  • The two gunmen, suspected to be Islamist fundamentalists, were however successful in escaping the site. 
  • Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) is renowned for courting controversy with satirical attacks on political and religious leaders and has published numerous cartoons lampooning the Prophet Mohammad. 
  • The last tweet on its account mocked Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the militant Islamic State, which has taken control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria. 
  • It has been repeatedly threatened for publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, among other controversial sketches, and its offices were firebombed in 2011.