'Horror and dismay' over Paris shooting: Renzi

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One of the victims of the shooting at Charlie Hebdo is taken away in an ambulance. Photo: AFP
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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Wednesday expressed his "horror and dismay" after a shooting spree at the office of a Paris magazine left at least 12 people dead.

Turning to Twitter, Renzi said: “Horror and dismay for the massacre in Paris, thoughts with [French President Francois] Hollande in this terrible moment, violence will always lose against freedom.”

At least 12 people, including two police officers, died when three masked gunmen opened fire at the office of the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.

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The Italian prime minister’s reaction of shock followed that of Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni, who described the deadly shooting as “dreadful”.

“A dreadful attack at Charlie Hebdo. Italy’s thoughts are with the families of the victims and the people and the French government in the fight against terror,” he wrote on Twitter.

The French capital was under the highest terror alert on Wednesday afternoon after the gunmen fled the scene following a shootout with police.

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