Sunday, June 20, 2021

4 wounded in knife attack near former office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris

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PARIS, SEPTEMBER 25: Paris police say a suspect believed to have wounded 4 people in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo has been arrested.
A Paris police official said that while authorities initially thought 2 attackers were involved, they now believe it was only 1 person, who was detained near the Bastille plaza in eastern Paris.
It is unclear what motivated the attack Friday or whether it had any link to Charlie Hebdo, which moved offices after they were attacked by Islamic extremists in 2015, killing 12 people.
Police are “actively hunting” for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby, according to a police official.
Police did not release the identities of the attackers or the wounded, who include 2 people in “absolutely urgent” condition, the official said. The official was not authorized to be publicly named.
Prime Minister Jean Castex cut short a visit to a suburb north of Paris to head to the Interior Ministry to follow developments.
The trial in the Charlie Hebdo attacks is currently underway across town. Murmurs broke at the terrorism trial of 14 people, including 3 fugitives, accused of helping the attackers in the January 2015 killings, as the news filtered through. The widows of the Charlie Hebdo attackers are scheduled to testify Friday afternoon. (AP)