Paris newspaper shooting: Prime Minister, security officials react

Hebdo shooting
Men outside the Charlie Hebdo offices gun down someone on the streets of Paris (screenshot / Youtube)Men outside the Charlie Hebdo offices gun down someone on the streets of Paris (screenshot / Youtube)

Following an attack on the offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte quickly notified the public that his country will support France as it deals with the fallout from the attack. Two armed, masked gunmen with rapid-fire weaponry and a rocket launcher initiated an assault on the office Wednesday leaving 12 dead, including two police officers, and at least nine injured.

“I have given the French president [Francois Hollande] my condolences and pledged our support,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Twitter.

“I am stunned, [this] horrible and cowardly act of terror in Paris affects us all,” Prime Minister Rutte said. “The Netherlands stands shoulder to shoulder with France,” he continued.

“Our thoughts now firstly go out to everyone who is affected by this terrible event.”

Simultaneously, the National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism (NCTV) said that despite the seriousness of the attack some 300 kilometers south of the Netherlands, there was no need to elevate the terrorism threat level at home.

“The events in Paris therefore underlines the importance to remain vigilant and alert in the Netherlands,” the NCTV press office stated. “The threat assessment in the Netherlands is substantial, which means that the risk of an attack is considered real,” they said.

“For the time being, there is no reason to adjust the threat level in the Netherlands.”