Kidnapping infidels and releasing them for ransom or enslaving them, as well as killing them if that option is deemed most advantageous for the Muslims, is fully sanctioned in Islamic law: “As for the captives, the amir [ruler] has the choice of taking the most beneficial action of four possibilities: the first to put them to death by cutting their necks; the second, to enslave them and apply the laws of slavery regarding their sale and manumission; the third, to ransom them in exchange for goods or prisoners; and fourth, to show favor to them and pardon them. Allah, may he be exalted, says, ‘When you encounter those [infidels] who deny [the Truth=Islam] then strike [their] necks’ (Qur’an sura 47, verse 4)” — Abu’l-Hasan al-Mawardi, al-Ahkam as-Sultaniyyah (The Laws of Islamic Governance), trans. by Dr. Asadullah Yate, (London), Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd., 1996, p. 192.
“Charlie Hebdo manhunt: Jewish bakery hit in new shooting and hostage siege in Paris suburb of Vincennes,” by Umberto Bacchi, International Business Times, January 9, 2015:
A fresh shooting incident and hostage situation has been reported, as separately, an intense standoff is ongoing between police and the two gunmen suspected of carrying out the massacre at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, on Tuesday.
The gunman, believed to be the same man who killed a policewoman in Montrouge, southern Paris, yesterday has reportedly stormed a kosher bakery and grocery store in the Vincennes area, taking five people hostage.
Witnesses said the man is heavily armed and opened fire upon entering the premises. Early reports suggest at least one person was injured in the shooting.
Security forces have rushed to the scene and are cordoning off the area.
The hostages are said to include women and children. Vincennes is located on the eastern outskirts of Paris.
Earlier local media named the Montrouge gunman as Amedy C., a 32-year-old radical belonging to the same jihadi cell of Said and Cherif Kouachi, the brothers who allegedly responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre.
The two brohters [sic] are currently holed up inside an industrial building in Dammartin-en-Goële and are holding one person hostage.
The Vincennes hostage-taker has reportedly demanded police lift the siege on the brothers.
“You know who I am and I’m going to keep these hostages until the siege in Dammartin is lifted,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC….