"Ruthless" attack on Charlie Hebdo media workers condemned

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Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The UN human rights chief has strongly condemned the killings by gunmen at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

Scores of people died or were injured in Wednesday's attack on the French satirical newspaper.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said it was an "appalling and ruthless" attack on media workers and police officers.

He offered his condolences to the people of France, families, friends and colleagues of those who he said were "shot in cold blood" in their office as well as those who were critically injured.

The High Commissioner called on people to remain united and stand firm against such terrorist attacks.

Mr Al Hussein also called for the arrest and punishment of those responsible for carrying out, planning or acting as accomplices in the crime.

With xenophobia and anti-migrant sentiments already on the rise in Europe, he expressed concern that the incident will be exploited by extremists of all sorts.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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