October 26, 2020

Paris attack: Stabbing near Charlie Hebdo office ‘an act of terror’

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image captionPolice sealed off the scene of the attack

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.css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}A stabbing in Paris that left two people seriously injured is being treated as a terror attack, the French interior minister has said.

Gérald Darmanin said the attack near the former office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism”.

A man of Pakistani origin described as the main suspect was arrested near the scene.

At least four other people have also been arrested.

The victims – a man and a woman who worked at a TV production company – were seriously injured by a machete-type weapon, police said. Prime Minister Jean Castex told reporters at the scene that their lives were not in danger.

The attack came as a high-profile trial was under way of 14 people accused of helping two jihadists carry out the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were killed.

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The magazine has since moved to a secret location.

In an interview with broadcaster France 2, Mr Darmanin described the stabbing as “a new bloody attack against our country, against journalists”.

“It’s the street where Charlie Hebdo used to be. This is the way the Islamist terrorists operate,” he said.

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