Four injured in knife attack near Charlie Hebdo's former offices
25 Sep 2020
Four people were injured in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France capital Paris, AFP reported on Friday, citing sources privy to the development.
Two persons were seriously injured.
Police have launched an investigation and are actively hunting for the perpetrators, two of whom are said to be absconding.
Here are more details.
Area has been cordoned off, "suspected package" reported
Associated Press reporters, who were present at the site, reported that police came in large numbers in the Eastern Paris area, close to the Richard Lenoir Metro station.
Locals have been advised to avoid the area, in a bid to not impact the security operation. The area has been cordoned off.
Police are also probing a "suspected package" that was found nearby.
French PM confirmed a "serious event" took place
Confirming the incident, Prime Minister Jean Castex said, "A serious event has taken place in Paris. Four people have been wounded and it seems that two are in a serious condition." Notably, the magazine's current address hasn't been revealed due to security reasons.
Charlie Hebdo isn't new to attacks, 2015's was the worst
Charlie Hebdo, which is known for publishing particularly raunchy cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, has been attacked several times — the deadliest Islamist attack being in 2015.
On January 7, 2015, brothers Saïd Kouachi, 34, and Chérif Kouachi, 32, had attacked the weekly's office.
The masked assailants were armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and fired indiscriminately when an editorial meeting was underway.
This month, the helpers were put on trial
Two days after the incident at the weekly's office, a Jewish supermarket was attacked by Islamists. 17 people died in the three days of violence, and it was followed by Islamist attacks across Europe.
The latest attack came when France put on trial the people who helped Charlie Hebdo's attackers.
The trial, being closely watched by the nation, is expected to end in November.