Charlie Hebdo cartoonist reveals how she survived attack

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A young mother and cartoonist who survived the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris today said she had let the suspected Al Qaeda killers into the magazine office.

Corrine
Rey said she had returned from picking up her young daughter from a
kindergarten when she was confronted by two heavily armed men wearing
balaclavas.

‘I had gone to pick up my daughter at day care,
arriving in front of the magazine building, where two masked and armed
men brutally threatened us,’ said Ms Rey, who draws under the name
‘Coco’.

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Desperate: Corrine Rey, who's a cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo, hid underneath a desk with her daughter to escape the terrorists who killed her colleagues

Desperate: Corrine Rey, who’s a cartoonist for Charlie
Hebdo, hid underneath a desk with her daughter to escape the terrorists
who killed her colleagues

Siege: The two men, who claimed to be from Al Qaeda, threatened Miss Rey into giving them the code to enter the building

Siege: The two men, who claimed to be from Al Qaeda, threatened Miss Rey into giving them the code to enter the building

Killers: One of the masked men mercilessly shot and killed a wounded police officer on the street outside

Killers: One of the masked men mercilessly shot and killed a wounded police officer on the street outside

Death: 12 people, including four Charlie Hebdo journalists, were killed in the attack before the assailants fled

Death: 12 people, including four Charlie Hebdo journalists, were killed in the attack before the assailants fled

‘They
said they wanted to go up to the offices, so I tapped in the code,’
said Ms Rey, referring to the digi-code security system on the
inter-phone.

Miss Rey and her daughter hid under a desk, from where they saw two other cartoonists being executed.

‘They shot Wolinski and Cabu,’ she said, ‘It lasted five minutes. I had taken refuge under a desk. 

She said the men ‘spoke French perfectly’ and ‘claimed they were ‘Al Qaeda terrorists’.

According
to Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer, four cartoonists were killed by the masked
gunmen: Cabu, Wolinski, Tignous and Charb, the pen name of Stephane
Charbonnier, also the chief editor at Charlie Hebdo.

Corrine’s story is one of several horrifying tales from people who saw and survived the attack in Paris today.

Another
eye-witness, who works in an office in the same building, told the BBC
World Service: ‘When I arrived at the scene it was quite disturbing as
you can imagine. There were several corpses on the floor.

He
arrived at the scene of the massacre just minutes after the attackers
had left, and described how he tried to make some room for the wounded
in the office.

Showdown: There was a fire-fight between French police and the two attackers, who claim to be from Al Qaeda, outside the building

Showdown: There was a fire-fight between French police and
the two attackers, who claim to be from Al Qaeda, outside the building

Terrifying: Eyewitnesses say they saw the men firing indiscriminately on the street outside. This tweet allegedly shows a bullet hole from inside the Charlie Hebdo office building

Terrifying: Eyewitnesses say they saw the men firing
indiscriminately on the street outside. This tweet allegedly shows a
bullet hole from inside the Charlie Hebdo office building

Getaway: After shooting a policeman, the pair escaped in a black Citroen (pictured), which they crashed

Getaway: After shooting a policeman, the pair escaped in a black Citroen (pictured), which they crashed

On the run: The men, described as 'calm and highly disciplined', remain on the loose in Paris

On the run: The men, described as ‘calm and highly disciplined’, remain on the loose in Paris

He added: ‘As we progressed through the rooms, we saw there
were a lot of people down on the floor and there was blood everywhere.

‘We’re
extremely relieved that nobody was affected by the attacks in my own
office… but obviously I’m very traumatised by this attack and
everything and now we’re in psychological hell where we’re being
attended to by professionals.’

Giles Boulanger, who also works in
the same building, described to French news station Itele how a
colleague warned him that armed men had entered the building.

He said: ‘several minutes later, we heard several shots in the building from automatic weapons from all directions.

‘It was really upsetting. You’d think it was a war zone.’

The
headquarters of Charlie Hebdo was attacked with a ‘firebomb’ in
November 2011, after they put an image of the Propher Mohammed on its
cover.

Out-gunned: One eyewitness told Sky News the security presence around the building was 'useless'

Out-gunned: One eyewitness told Sky News the security presence around the building was ‘useless’

Shooting: Lead cartoonist Jean 'Cabu' Cabut (pictured) was among the 12 massacred by terrorists in Paris

Shooting: Lead cartoonist Jean ‘Cabu’ Cabut (pictured) was among the 12 massacred by terrorists in Paris

Security presence around the building was ineffective against the ‘well trained’ attackers, Stefan De Vries told Sky News.

The
French journalist, who arrived at the scene moments after the attackers
had fled, said: ‘There was protection at the door but they killed the
police officers, they executed them and they started shooting in the
offices. There were more than 50 people inside.

‘It was difficult
to enter but these people, the suspects were heavily armed, and shot
the police so yeah, there was security but it was useless.’

Witnesses
said the suspected Al Qaeda killers were heard to shout ‘the Prophet
has been avenged’ and ‘Allahu akbar!’ – ‘God is greatest’ – as they
stalked the building.

Horrific footage also emerged showing an
injured police officer slumped on the pavement outside the office as two
of the gunmen approach.

Police officers were involved in a
gunfight with the men, who escaped in a hijacked car, speeding away
towards east Paris and remain on the loose, along with a third armed
man.

| Daily Mail Online

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