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The main suspect in a double stabbing in Paris told investigators that he carried out the attack in anger over Charlie Hebdo’s recently republished cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, a judicial official said.

Two people were injured after Friday’s attack with a butcher knife in front of the newspaper’s former offices in eastern Paris.

Counterterrorism authorities are investigating the stabbings as an Islamic extremist attack and seven people have been detained, including a main suspect known as Ali, 18.

Charlie Hebdo lost 12 employees in an al Qaeda attack in 2015 by French-born extremists who had criticized cartoons of the prophet.

The newspaper, which routinely mocks religious figures of all stripes, republished the cartoons the day before the trial for the 2015 attacks began earlier this month.

He received threats from militant groups and criticism from Muslims in several countries.

The magazine’s location is now secret, but Ali apparently believed that the magazine’s offices were still there.

The main suspect in a double stabbing in Paris (pictured) told investigators that he carried out the attack in anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published recently by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo +26.
The main suspect in a double stabbing in Paris (pictured) told investigators that he carried out the attack in anger over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published recently by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Firefighters transfer an injured person to an ambulance after two people were stabbed near the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris +26
Firefighters transfer an injured person to an ambulance after two people were stabbed near the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

French police officers stand guard in front of the former Charlie Hebdo offices, on Rue Nicolas Appert in Paris today

French police officers stand guard in front of the former Charlie Hebdo offices, on Rue Nicolas Appert in Paris today

When questioned by investigators, he acknowledged carrying out the attack and said he was seeking to target Charlie Hebdo for the cartoons, according to an official close to the investigation.

Ali had been arrested a month ago for carrying a screwdriver, but was not on the police radar for Islamic radicalization, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said.

He said the screwdriver was considered a weapon, but did not explain why.

“But obviously it is an act of Islamist terrorism,” Darmanin said in an interview with France 2 television station.

Obviously, there is little doubt. It is a new bloody attack against our country, against journalists, against this society ”.

A suspect is detained in Paris yesterday after two people were injured in an attack near the former Charlie Hebdo offices that is being treated as possible terrorism +26
A suspect is detained in Paris yesterday after two people were wounded in an attack near the former Charlie Hebdo offices that is being treated as possible terrorism.

One of the stabbing victims is treated after the butcher knife attack near Charlie Hebdo’s former offices in Paris. Both victims are expected to survive +26
One of the stabbing victims is treated after the butcher knife attack near Charlie Hebdo’s former offices in Paris. Both victims are expected to survive

The butcher knife used in the attack is left on the ground in Paris after two people were stabbed +26
The butcher knife used in the attack remains on the ground in Paris after two people were stabbed

Ali arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor, apparently from Pakistan, but his identity is still being verified, the minister said.

Seven others were detained in the wake of Friday’s attack, including a 33-year-old Algerian, but one has been released.

Five of the detainees were detained in the Paris suburb of Pantin at a residence where Ali is believed to have lived.

The two people injured in Friday’s attack were a woman and a man who worked at the documentary production company Premieres Lignes and who had gone out to smoke a cigarette.

The company’s co-founder, Luc Hermann, told France-Info broadcaster that they were staying in the hospital, but their condition was “reassuring.”

Prime Minister Jean Castex, visiting the Paris police headquarters on Saturday, pledged to intensify the fight against terrorism, saying: “The enemies of the republic will not win.”

Two men have been arrested after they were spotted with blood on their clothes near the attack

Two men have been arrested after they were spotted with blood on their clothes near the attack.

Mosque of Paris v Val (2007)

In 2007, the Great Mosque of Paris initiated criminal proceedings against Charlie Hebdo editor-in-chief Philipe Val, pursuant to France’s hate speech laws for publicly abusing a group on the basis of religion. The lawsuit was limited to three specific cartoons, including one showing Muhammad carrying a bomb in his turban. In March 2007, a Paris court acquitted Val, finding that it was fundamentalists, not Muslims, who were being ridiculed in the cartoons. [26]

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the man, named Ali, arrived in France three years ago as a minor, apparently from Pakistan, but his identity is still being verified. added that the attack was ‘an act of terrorism’

The interior minister admitted that security was lacking on the street where Charlie Hebdo once was based, and ordered special protection for all “symbolic sites”, highlighting in particular Jewish sites around the Yom Kippur holiday this weekend. .

A Jewish grocery store was attacked days after the Charlie Hebdo newsroom massacre, in what authorities say were coordinated attacks.

Dramatic footage showed Ali crouched on the ground in a yellow Manchester City jersey and sweatpants.

Undercover agents, identified by their orange armbands, stood next to the suspect before he was taken to a high-security police station in the French capital.

Terrorist police have taken over the case, and French prosecutors suspect an extremist motive due to the location and timing of the stabbings, near the former Charlie Hebdo facility during a trial related to the 2015 massacre.

French firefighters transfer an injured person to an ambulance after two people were stabbed near the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris +26
French firefighters transfer a wounded man to an ambulance after two people were stabbed near the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.

French soldiers rush to the scene after people were injured after an attack by a man wielding a knife +26
French soldiers rush to the scene after people were injured after a man attacked with a knife

Witnesses said two of the victims were smoking a cigarette outside their office when the attack occurred +26
Witnesses said two of the victims were smoking a cigarette outside their office when the attack occurred.

The victims work for Premieres Lignes, a French news and video agency whose staff rushed to help Charlie Hebdo survivors after the rampage that killed 12 people.

Fourteen suspects are currently on trial for allegedly helping to plan the Islamist attack, and proceedings were suspended yesterday in the wake of the latest acts of violence.

An alleged attacker was arrested on the steps of the Opera Bastille after witnesses saw blood dripping from his clothing, an investigating source said.

“He was arrested within minutes by the police, and then a second man was arrested on a Metro train on suspicion that he could be related to the attack,” they said.

The Paris prosecutor, Jean-Francois Ricard, said that a “lead author” had been arrested along with a “second suspect,” adding that the main attacker did not know the people who were stabbed.

Local schools in the 3rd, 4th and 11th arrondissements have been shut down, and people are being advised to stay in their offices and homes

A witness in the Place de la Bastille, Kader Alfa, said that “he saw a guy in his 30s and 40s with an ax in his hand walking behind a victim covered in blood.”

Two suspects were taken to a high-security police station in central Paris, where they were questioned on Friday afternoon.

The second suspect was described in the French media as a 33-year-old Algerian, but it was unclear if or how they were connected.

The attack is being investigated by prosecutors specializing in counterterrorism who have opened an investigation into the charges of “attempted murder related to terrorism” and “conspiracy with terrorists.”

French Prime Minister Jean Castex initially said four people were injured, but the Paris prosecutor later clarified that there were two victims.

An armed police officer stands at the scene of the horrific stabbings as two fight for their lives after the +26 attack
An armed police officer stands at the scene of the horrific stabbings as two fight for their lives after the attack.

Immediately after the stabbings, a large police presence was seen when schools and the metro +26 were closed
Immediately after the stabbings, a large police presence was seen when schools and the subway were closed.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo visited knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo +26 offices
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo Visited Knife Attack Near Former Charlie Hebdo Offices

Two of the victims have been confirmed as a man and a woman who are employees of Premieres Lignes, a French news and video agency +26
Two of the victims have been confirmed as a man and a woman who are employees of Premieres Lignes, a French news and video agency.

The couple work on the production team at the company that has released several documentaries and previously won a Pulitzer Prize for their work investigating the Panama Papers.

The prime minister pointed to the “symbolic site” of the attack, “at the same time that the trial for the heinous acts against Charlie Hebdo is taking place.”

The prime minister, who attended the scene with the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, added that the lives of the two victims “are not in danger, thank God.”

A police source said a machete had been found at the scene. Another police source said a butcher knife had been found there.

The two people are on “very bad track,” said an investigating source, although their lives are not believed to be in danger.

“Two colleagues smoked cigarettes in the street. I heard screams. I went to the window and saw a colleague, bloodied, chased by a man with a machete, ‘added another employee, who asked not to be identified.

“I saw a second neighbor on the ground and went to help.” A witness from the production company said he saw the attack taking place.

She said: ‘Two colleagues were smoking a cigarette at the bottom of the building. I heard screams and went to the window and saw one of my colleagues stained with blood, followed by a man with a machete in the street ”.

Police and emergency vehicles appear on the scene after the shooting at Charlie Hebdo’s offices in 2015 that left 12 dead +26
Police and emergency vehicles appear on the scene after the shooting at Charlie Hebdo’s offices in 2015 that left 12 people dead.

Premieres Lignes founder Paul Moreira told BFM television that the attacker fled to the subway and that members of the company’s staff were evacuated.

It is not clear what motivated the attack or if he had any ties to Charlie Hebdo, who moved his offices after they were attacked by Islamic extremists in 2015.

At the trial it was heard that the attackers sought to avenge the Prophet Muhammad, almost a decade after the magazine published cartoons mocking him.

In a Twitter post yesterday, Charlie Hebdo expressed his “support and solidarity with his former neighbors … and the people affected by this heinous attack.”

Witness Hassani Erwan, 23, told AFP: ‘Around noon, we went to have lunch at a restaurant, but when we were arriving, the owner started yelling’ go, go, there is an attack! ‘

“ We immediately fled and locked ourselves in a store with four other customers. ”

A person living on the street told Le Parisien: ‘It’s starting again, the same fear that was five years ago, the same images on the street, it’s heartbreaking.’

Police previously warned that there was “extreme concern” that those responsible for the stabbings might strike again before the “main attacker” was arrested.

Charlie Hebdo Quicks facts

 

A man and a woman were seriously injured with a knife in Paris on Friday
The attack took place near the site of the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist rampage
The main suspect, known as Ali, thought the magazine was still published there.
The terrorist police have taken over the case due to the location and timing during the trial.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said it was’ clearly an act of Islamist terrorism.

 

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