Wednesday, January 7: Masked gunmen attack offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people. Gunmen flee in a getaway car before police arrive.

Masked gunman attack offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people [Reuters]

Thursday, January 8:  Police search for two suspects. A policewoman is shot dead in Montrouge in southern Paris.

File images of Cherif Kouachi (L) and Said Kouachi  as released by French security authorities [Reuters]

Friday, January 9: Police respond to a tip-off by owner of a petrol station in Villers-Cotterets, claiming to have been robbed by the two suspects at around 7GMT.

The men reportedly stole petrol and food.

The suspects also hijacked a Peugeot 206 in Montagny-Sainte-Felicite from a woman who said she recognised them as the wanted men.

Police exchange fire during a car chase on the N2 highway north-east of Paris with the two suspects.

The car-chase ends in the industrial area of Dammartin-en-Goele, where the brothers take one person hostage. Police surround a small printing business called CTD.

The small town, northeast of Paris, with about 8,000 residents, is locked down by police.

Helicopters hover above the printing house in Dammartin-en-Goele, northeast of Paris [Reuters]

Authorities evacuate schools, shut down businesses and local residents are asked to stay where they are.

Children from the Henri Dunand school being taken to a safe location [AP] 

At 1:00pm (1200 GMT) a gunman opens fire at a supermarket at Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris and takes at least five people hostage. The attack is suspected to have been carried out by the same gunman who shot dead a policewoman in Montrougeon on Thursday. 

French police forces took position outside the grocery store in Saint-Mande, near Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris [AFP]

Police identify a man and a woman, Amedy Coulibaly, 32, and 26-year-old Hayat Boumeddiene, as suspects over the killing of the policewoman. They supply images of the suspects.

File images of Amedy Coulibaly and Hayat Boumeddiene released by French authorities [AFP]

At around 5:00pm (1600 GMT) explosions and gunfire are heard in Dammartin-en-Goele where the two suspects of the Charlie Hebdo incident are holed up. The two suspects come out firing on security forces and are killed. The hostage is released unhurt.

The two suspects were killed after they came out firing [Al Jazeera]

Around 5:15pm (1615 GMT) security forces are seen storming the supermarket in Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris. Five people are found dead, including the gunman, and four people are critically wounded, according to a security source.

Special forces evacuate the hostages, including a child, after launching an assault on the store [Al Jazeera]

France holds night vigils for the victims of the attack. 

Police search for suspected female accomplice of the attackers of the supermarket in Saint-Mande, near Porte de Vincennes, eastern Paris.

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This article has been updated.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies