Stabbing at former Charlie Hebdo office, perpetrators arrested

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Two people were injured by a stabbing in Paris on Friday. The incident took place near the old office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Two people have since been arrested, the French government is going to investigate whether the perpetrators had a terrorist motive.

Two victims working for a production company

Because of the location and the moment of the stabbing, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced an investigation. Castex spoke of a “symbolic place”. In an attack on the editorial staff of Charlie Hebdo 12 people were killed in 2015, and the trial is currently underway in Paris.

The special French terrorist prosecutor said Friday that the main suspect has been arrested, as well as a second suspect.

Two people have been injured. According to Castex, they are not in danger of life. According to the prime minister, it would be two journalists. According to the prosecution, they were smoking a cigarette outside.

They would work for a production company that makes documentaries and journalistic items, among other things. The office of this company is at the same address as the former office of Charlie Hebdo.

Charlie Hebdo herself spoke of a “horrific attack on former neighbors and colleagues”. The entire team expressed support and solidarity on Twitter. The editorial staff moved to another office after the attack on January 7, 2015.

The police had cordoned off the site of the stabbing. A suspicious package was also found at that location. Police investigations showed it does not contain explosives. The blockades have now been lifted.

The trial for the attack on the satirical magazine started earlier this month in Paris. The court also deals with the attack on a Jewish supermarket in the French capital. Seventeen people were killed in the attacks.

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