Horrifying attack in France

Tensions have risen a few more notches in already highly charged Europe after the attack and murders in France.

Paris terror attack: 12 killed at satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Three masked gunmen shouting “Allahu akbar!” have stormed the Paris offices of a satirical newspaper, killing 12 people, including its editor, before escaping in a car. It was France’s deadliest post-war terrorist attack.

Security forces were hunting for the gunmen who spoke flawless, unaccented French in the military-style noon-time (NZT early Thursday) attack on the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, located near the Bastille monument. The publication’s caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed have frequently drawn condemnation from Muslims.

President Francois Hollande called the slayings “a terrorist attack without a doubt,” and said several other attacks have been thwarted in France in recent weeks.

Very sad and worrying, not just for those who are victims or potential victims of Muslim extremists but also for the vast majority of Muslims in Europe who are innocent but will no doubt be impacted.

There is a potential risk in New Zealand of something similar but the best way of combatting this is to continue our tolerance of different races and religions without inflaming things here.