Stephen Harper
Stephen HarperReuters

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper condemned on Wednesday the shooting attack in Paris, France, saying it would not intimidate Canada and its allies.

“I am angered and saddened to hear of the terrorist attack today in the offices of the Parisian news magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo,’ which has killed at least 12 individuals, including two police officers,” Harper said in a statement.

“On behalf of all Canadians, I offer my deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives during this heinous crime and wish a speedy recovery to those injured. The perpetrators of this attack must be apprehended and brought to justice.

“This barbaric act, along with recent attacks in Sydney, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, and Ottawa, is a grim reminder that no country is immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world,” continued Harper.

“Canada and its allies will not be intimidated and will continue to stand firmly together against terrorists who would threaten the peace, freedom and democracy our countries so dearly value. Canadians stand with France on this dark day.”

Wednesday’s attack occurred when three masked gunmen stormed the offices of Charlie Hebdo, which has previously been targeted over its portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed.

They were armed with Kalashnikov rifles and a rocket-propelled grenade during the attack.

France has identified two brothers and a third man as suspects behind the attack. On Wednesday night, French police launched a large anti-terror raid in the city of Reims in north-eastern France.

Over the past month, France has seen a number of "car rampages" and massacre-style attacks by jihadists on innocent French citizens - raising tensions over France's Muslim community, which at over five million Muslims is Europe's largest. 

In December, a Burundi-born man, Bertrand Nzohabonayo, attacked French police in a suburb of Tours, leaving two officers seriously injured. 

Less than 24 hours later, a mentally ill man yelled "Allahu Akbar" before ramming his vehicle into dozens of pedestrians in the eastern French city of Dijon. 13 people were injured in that incident, which has been ruled to have no link to terrorism

Shortly afterwards, a van rammed into shoppers at a Christmas market in the western city of Nantes, injuring at least ten people. The driver in that attack also allegedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he carried out the rampage.