Paris shooting: Online world stands united with #JeSuisCharlie on Twitter

Amandine Marbach from Strasbourg, France, participating in a vigil to pay tribute to victims of an attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in the Manhattan borough of New York on Jan 7, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 
Amandine Marbach from Strasbourg, France, participating in a vigil to pay tribute to victims of an attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, in the Manhattan borough of New York on Jan 7, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

The online world has stood together through the Twitter hashtag #JeSuisCharlie following a terror attack against a satirical magazine in France in which 12 people were killed.

Hooded gunmen suspected to be Islamist terrorists on Wednesday stormed the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a weekly magazine known for lampooning Islam and other religions. Those killed included editor of the magazine since 2009, Stéphane Charbonnier, 47.

French twitter users started the hashtag shortly after the shooting by posting a simple image with the text "Je Suis Charlie", translated to mean "I am Charlie" on a black background.

They meant for it to symbolise attackers not taking their freedom. Netizens also shared some of the striking front pages of the magazine.

Several people have also tweeted encouraging words to other cartoonists and artists under the hashtag.

Thousands also gathered across France in solidarity with the victims.

Reuters reported that the police were looking for three men in relation to the attack. The men are Said Kouachi, 34, Cherif Kouachi, 32, and Hamyd Mourad, 18.

Sources: Reuters, The Telegraph