Georgian Embassy in France issues warning

Georgian Embassy to France released a special statement regarding the terrorist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo., 09 Jan 2015 - 12:00, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian Embassy in France is warning Georgian citizens to be extremely careful if they are in Paris following this week's deadly terrorism attack in the French capital city.

The Embassy released a special statement following Wednesday's attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which ended in the death of 12 innocent people including two police officers.

"After the terrorists carried out an attack in the city of Paris on January 7, an emergency situation has been declared in the whole country and the second point of the so-called Vigipirate has been activated, which foresees taking special security measures, moblising police and armed forces and their distribution to the so-called danger zones,” the statement read.

"The Georgian Embassy in France calls on [Georgian citizens] to be particularly careful. Be especially attentive in crowded and public places,” the Embassy said.

"We also encourage you to frequently check the website and Facebook of the Embassy where you will get latest information on security measures or new danger,” the statement said.

Two days ago gunmen shot dead 12 people and injured 10 others at the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo in a Islamist terrorist attack. Four of the magazine's well-known cartoonists, including its editor and two police officers were among those killed.

French police are continuing their search for two suspects, brothers Cherif Kouachi and Said Kouachi.

Witnesses said they heard the gunmen shouting "We have avenged the Prophet Muhammad" and "God is Great" in Arabic ("Allahu Akbar" moments before and during the shooting). 

The satirical magazine has caused controversy in the past with its irreverent take on news and current affairs. The magazine's office was attacked in November 2011 - a day after it published a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The latest tweet on Charlie Hebdo's Twitter account was a cartoon of the Islamic State (ISIS) militant group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.