The weapon used was a butcher discovered near the subway, a second suspect, who appears to be of Indo-Pakistani origin being caught by French firefighters trying to escape to the subway, writes Le Figaro.
The French prime minister and interior minister arrived at the scene and met with the city mayor and prosecutors.
Two people were injured in a knife attack in the 11th arrondissement of Paris on Friday, being hospitalized in serious condition.
The victims are a man and a woman in charge of production at the Premières Lignes news agency, headquartered near the former Charlie Hebdo headquarters. The assailant attacked them on Nicolas Appert Street, in front of the agency where he works – with a butcher according to Le Figaro quoted by news.ro.
Authorities initially reported four injured, but later rectified and said two people were injured. They also returned to the number of suspects, after which they returned again.
The events took place near the former headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
An enlarged security perimeter was set up around the headquarters due to the presence of a suspicious package. However, the Central Laboratory of the Police Headquarters removed the suspicions. The population was urged by the Police Headquarters to avoid the sector.
“Thousands of students have been isolated” as a precautionary measure, Paris City Hall announced.
“Five schools in the 11th arrondissement and all schools in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements have been closed. It is about thousands of students, from nursery to high school. We are safe. We are about to close the municipal equipment and the gymnasiums “, the mayor of the Paris center Ariel Weil declared for AFP.
The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into an “assassination attempt”, and the anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office (PNAT) has announced that it has been notified of the acts committed on Friday.