At least four people have been injured in a stab attack near the former headquarters of the French satirical media Charlie Hebdo. Two of the victims are in critical condition and one of the attackers has been arrested, according to police sources.
“A knife attack has been perpetrated in the XI district of Paris near the former headquarters of ‘Charlie Hebdo'”, has announced the French Prime Minister, Jean Castex, specifying that of the four wounded, two are in “serious” condition. The prime minister has specified that the Ministry of the Interior is going to be sent to follow the evolution of the situation from there.
According to ‘Le Figaro’, a suspect presenting traces of blood he has been arrested in the Place de la Bastille. Police sources have indicated to France Info that there would be two suspects in the attack, one of whom would have escaped by metro. An ax was found at the scene.
According to the newspaper ‘Libération’, the first of the attacks took place before the fresco that pays tribute to the magazine’s cartoonists and the victim would be a woman. The Prefecture of Police has confirmed an “intervention” in the area of Richard Lenoir street and has asked the population to avoid the area, a message also sent by the Ministry of the Interior, which speaks of a “serious incident”.
‘Charlie Hebdo’ has been back in the spotlight in recent weeks, after decided to republish his controversial cartoons of Muhammad, which in 2005 and 2006 published a wave of violent protests in Muslim countries. As a result, Al Qaeda threatened publication, praising the 2015 attacks. The attacks on the headquarters of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ were carried out by Said and Cherif Kouachi and resulted in the death of twelve people.