After a long day of rapidly changing information, U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News Wednesday night that they cannot be certain what the status is of the three suspects in the Paris attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. Information from French sources has been contradictory, they said.
Earlier in the day, two senior U.S. counterterrorism officials told NBC News that one of the suspects in the attack had been killed and that two others were in custody. However, the officials later said the information that was the basis of that account could not be confirmed.
At least 12 people were killed in a shooting Wednesday at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has published cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad, police told reporters.
Two police officers were among those killed. Currently, the number of injured people is thought to be around 20, of which four are critically wounded, according to Reuters.
The 12 dead included two men who went by pen names Charb - editor and cartoonist at the magazine - and the cartoonist Cabu, the Paris prosecutor's office told the Associated Press.
One suspect has been killed while the other two were taken into custody, a U.S. counter-terrorism official told NBC News. Earlier on Wednesday, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told media that security forces were hunting for three gunmen, who fled towards the eastern Paris suburbs after holding up a car.
Officials identified Frenchmen Said Kouachi and Cherif Kouachi, brothers in their early 30s, as well as 18-year-old Hamyd Mourad, whose nationality was not immediately known, as suspects in the shooting, according to NBC News. Cherif Kouachi served 18 months in prison after a terrorism conviction for helping funnel fighter to Iraq's insurgency, NBC News reported.
An official who spoke on the condition of anonymity told the AP that the men were linked to a Yemeni terrorist network, according to NBC News.