A Fiery End to the Crisis in Paris?

Here’s what the Guardian reported five minutes ago:

* The Parisian brothers suspected of the Charlie Hebdo massacre have been killed in a violent police raid on their compound in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris, according to multiple reports.

* Chérif and Saéd Kouachi, who had been on the run since the shooting at the magazine’s offices on Wednesday, were killed when armed special forces stormed the building where they had held a hostage since early on Friday.

* The three-day terror incident came to a dramatic end just before 4pm GMT when armed officers raided the printing works on an industrial estate near Charles de Gaulle airport. The hostage was freed, according to multiple reports citing French officials.

* Moments later, officers launched an assault on a Kosher supermarket in east Paris where another gunman took up to six people hostage on Friday afternoon.

* That gunman was also killed when police stormed the supermarket, freeing the hostages, according to multiple reports.

If this is all accurate, the French police deserve enormous credit for resolving two hostage situations without further loss of innocent life. And perhaps the nightmare that began on Wednesday with the slaughter of Charlie Hebdo staff and the police trying to protect them will end, at least for now.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.