CAIRO: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi called French counterpart François Hollande to offer Egyptians’ condolences over the terrorist attacks that France saw in the past few days.
Sisi condemned all kinds of terrorism and said that Islam denounces “such barbaric actions that targeted the innocent civilians,” said the Presidential spokesperson Alaa Youssef in a Friday statement.
“The president reiterated in his phone call with French President, the significance of counter-terrorism and of the international concerted efforts,” Youssef added.
Two men, identified as brothers Cherif and Said Kerouchi, attacked Wednesday French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo staff, murdering 12 people. Reuters reported that one of the men told police he had been funded by al-Qaeda.
The brothers were killed in a shootout with police after taking hostages in a small town north of Paris, French media reported. Hollande confirmed Friday the reports on four hostages also killed at a siege of a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris, where a man and a woman demanded that police not harm the brothers, Reuters reported. The male hostage-taker in the supermarket was reportedly killed, and the woman remains at large.