Two people have been wounded in a knife attack near the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s former offices, Paris police said on Friday.
Although they are in a serious condition, their lives are not in danger, according to police reports, adding that one suspect has been arrested in the Bastille area, which has been cordoned off. France Info radio said a second suspect was also in custody.
The two people confirmed injured worked for documentary film company Premieres Lignes, according to founder Paul Moreira, who told BFM television that the attacker fled into the subway, and the company’s staff members were evacuated.
According to Le Figaro, a butcher’s knife was found nearby, at Richard Lenoir metro station and a suspicious package was found at the scene, but no explosives were found. A terror investigation has been launched into “attempted murder in relation with a terrorist enterprise.”
“This attack occurs in a symbolic place at the very moment when the trial of the unworthy attacks against Charlie Hebdo is taking place,” French Prime Minister Jean Castex told the press, Le Figaro reported.
“This is an opportunity for the government to express its attachment to press freedom, to affirm to the nation our full mobilization,” Castex added.
Charlier Hebdo moved after its offices were targeted in a brutal 2015 Islamic extremist attack that left 12 people dead.