Four people have been injured in a knife attack near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced. The magazine was the target of a deadly terrorist attack in 2015.
“A serious incident has taken place in Paris, the stabbing attack was carried out in the 11th arrondissement in front of the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, leaving four injured, two of whom are in serious condition,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said.
The suspect has already been arrested, according to media citing the police.
The attack took place in the French capital’s 11th district, near the former premises of the infamous satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Paris Deputy Mayor Emmanuel Gregoire confirmed that a manhunt for a “possibly dangerous” suspect is underway.
It remains unknown whether the attack is linked to the publication or what the motive may have been. The magazine was the target of a terrorist attack in January 2015, in which 12 people were killed and 11 others injured. The gunmen identified themselves as members of Al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile, more than 100 French news outlets and agencies signed an open letter in support of the magazine after its staff received new death threats following the republishing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed earlier this month.