(New York, NY) – Three years following the deadly attacks at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and at a kosher supermarket in Paris, France, the world continues to struggle with the impact of extremist ideology, the Counter Extremism Project (CEP) said today.
Armed with assault rifles, submachine guns, pistols, and a rocket launcher, brothers Chérifand Said Kouachi stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, eventually killing 12 people. The gunmen claimed to be sent by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). On the day of the Charlie Hebdo attack, Amedy Coulibaly began a two-day rampage that ended at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in eastern Paris, where he killed four people and took many others hostage. Coulibaly and both Kouachi brothers were killed by police on January 9.
Since the 2015 Paris killings, more than 20 major attacks have occurred in the U.K., Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, and United States, revealing the extent to which extremist ideology can inspire violence.