By Joshua Albert
Philadelphians rallied at LOVE Park on a cold Friday evening to show their support, and to mourn, the victims of an apparent terrorist attack in which 12 people were murdered at the Paris, France satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 7th, 2015, reportedly in retaliation for irreverent cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by the magazine.
Many of the placards read “Je Suis Charlie”, which translate to “I Am Charlie.”
A Muslim police officer was also gunned down by gunmen during the ensuing escape.
The three gunmen were later shot dead by police after two hostage situations in different parts of the country.
Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Stephane “Charb” Charbonnier, as well as cartoonists Jean “Cabu” Cabut, Georges Wolinski, and Bernard “Tignous” Velhac, were among the dead.
Reports of attacks on mosques throughout France began circulating the following day.
An anonymous source yesterday contacted The Intercept‘s Jeremy Scahill, claiming members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were responsible for the massacre.
French security services continue to search for a girlfriend – and alleged accomplice – of one of the gunmen.