The suspect, an 18-year-old man of Pakistani origin, admitted his deed “which he places in the context of republishing the cartoons (with the Prophet Muhammad by Charlie Hebdo – no.), Which he did not support,” said sources from investigate.

French police have so far arrested seven people in connection with the attack on a side street near the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, in which two employees of a production company were stabbed with a butcher knife and seriously injured .

Investigators have already searched two alleged homes of the main suspect, from Cergy and Pantin, Digi 24 reports.

According to the BBC, French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin called the attack “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism” and demanded explanations for guarding the area following threats in the context of republishing cartoons this month during the trial of accomplices of the January 2015 attack, committed by the Kouachi brothers and resulting in the deaths of 12 people.

About the suspect, he specified that he arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor and was not known as a radical, but he was arrested after being caught with a screwdriver on him.

The man attacked employees who smoked in front of the offices on Nicolas Appert Street, near Richard-Lenoir Boulevard, where the Charlie Hebdo headquarters were located, since then moved to a secret location.

The main suspect was arrested in Bastille Square shortly after, and another, of Algerian origin, was temporarily detained. Five suspected Pakistani men living with the man have been detained, the BBC reports.