French Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday that at least four people have been injured during a stabbing spree on Boulevard Richard-Lenoir in Paris, the area where Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters were once located.
Here is what is known about the attack so far:
- The knife-wielding assault was carried out in Boulevard Richard Lenoir, which runs from Place de la Bastille to the Avenue de la République. French Police announced on Twitter that an operation was underway in the area and strongly advised to avoid it. © REUTERS / CHARLES PLATIAUSecurity forces guard the scene of an incident near the former offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France September 25, 2020
- It was initially reported by media, citing an “investigative source”, that an attack was carried out by two people, as they were seen “running away”.
- Later, however, the French police confirmed that they have arrested one person in relation to the stabbing and were not looking for other suspects. The person in question is said to have been detained on the steps of the Bastille Opera, while spotted in clothes covered in blood. According to France's Radio Europe 1, the detainee was of Pakistani origin and later revealed to be just 18 years old. Reports later claimed that the man has confessed his crime to the police.
- It has been reported by France Info that French police have now apprehended a second suspect. He is believed to be of Algerian descent.
© REUTERS / GONZALO FUENTESPolice officers investigate the scene of an incident near the former offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France September 25, 2020
- It was initially announced by French PM that at least four people have been wounded in the attack, with two remaining in “extremely bad” condition. Later it was confirmed by French Police that only two people have suffered injuries from the stabbing.
- The attack took place close to the former office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which has witnessed two terrorist attacks in the past, in 2011 and 2015, related to the outlet’s controversial content. The latest one saw 12 people killed, including its publishing director, following a publication of a cartoon that mocked the Prophet Mohammed.
- The stabbing comes as a trial is currently taking place in French capital in relation to the 2015 terrorist attack, where 14 defendants are facing a prison sentence for “complicity in terrorism”, with some of them expected to be locked up for life.
- France's National Anti-Terrorism Prosecution Office (PNAT) has now opened an investigation into the attack in relation to "attempted murder related to a terrorist enterprise" and "conspiracy with terrorists."