Gunmen shot and killed 12 people Wednesday inside of the offices of a satirical news magazine in Paris that published cartoons of Muslim Prophet Muhammad, reports NBC News.
Two masked men entered the offices and were heard to shout "The prophet has been avenged" and "Allahu akbar," according to The Daily Mail.
The terrorist attack took place at Charlie Hebdo in central Paris and witness Benoit Bringer, a journalist with Agence Premiere Ligne, said he saw several masked men storm the building carrying machine guns.
The suspects then reportedly fled the scene in two separate vehicles.
“We will find the people who did this,” French President Francois Hollande said. “France is today shocked by this terrorist attack.”
Prior to the attack, the magazine reportedly tweeted a cartoon depicting ISIS’s lead terrorist, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, which police say may have served as a motive for the shootings, reports the New York Daily News.
Charlie Hebdo has, in the past, poked fun at the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, as well as other Islamic leaders, and was firebombed in 2011 after it featured the Prophet on its cover with the caption, “100 lashes if you are not dying of laughter.”
At least two of the victims were reportedly police officers. The identities of the other victims have not yet been released.