Two wounded in Paris knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo newspaper site
Two people were wounded on Friday during a knife attack in Paris near the former offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, according to The Associated Press.
The two people injured work at a documentary film company, Premieres Lignes, according to the company’s founder, Paul Moreira.
The company founder said that a man with an axe attacked two people outside the building, but did not enter the building, according to the AP.
A witness at the scene added that he saw a man in his 30s or 40s with an “axe in his hand who was walking behind a victim covered in blood.”
“I can’t tell you how many victims there was, I just saw one,” Kader Alfa told the wire service.
French authorities said that a suspect in the attack has been apprehended, though nine schools near the incident remain on lockdown, and the area in Paris remains cordoned off by police.
Charlie Hebdo, a weekly satirical paper, was attacked in 2015 by two masked gunmen with Kalashnikov rifles. The two men, who were brothers, killed 12 people, including editor Stephane Charbonnier and several cartoonists.
Shortly after the 2015 attack, the paper moved offices.
French terrorism authorities have launched a probe into “attempted murder in relation with a terrorist enterprise,” according to an official from the prosecutor’s office, the AP reported.
It is unclear if the latest attack is linked to Charlie Hebdo.
Police did not release the names of the suspected attacker or the victims, but added that they are in “urgent” condition.