Israel slams Paris terror attack and "shares France's pain"

2015-01-07 21:23:02 GMT2015-01-08 05:23:02(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

JERUSALEM, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Israeli leaders on Wednesday expressed their condolences to France over a terrorist attack on a French weekly in Paris.

"The people of Israel send their condolences to the people of France over the brutal acts of savagery in the heart of Paris today," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement.

"The attacks of radical Islam know no boundaries -- these are international attacks and the response has to be international. The terrorists want to destroy our freedoms and our civilization. Therefore, all the free countries and all the civilized societies have to band together to fight this scourge," Netanyahu added.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman also spoken out about the attack Wednesday, saying in a statement sent by the Foreign Ministry that "Israel shares France's pain."

"Terrorism and terrorists must not be allowed to terrorize the world, and the West must stand firmly united against this threat," he said.

Earlier in the day, masked gunmen stormed the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people before escaping.

French authorities believe three attackers were involved and police are conducting a manhunt for the perpetrators, who fled the scene.

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