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World What we know about the stabbing attack near the former premises of Charlie Hebdo

16:40  25 september  2020
16:40  25 september  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

Attack in front of the former premises of "Charlie": two suspects arrested, the anti-terrorist prosecution seized

 Attack in front of the former premises of In the 11th arrondissement of Paris this Friday, after a stabbing attack in front of the former premises of "Charlie". Several people were injured with stabbing this Friday around 11:30 am in the 11th arrondissement of Paris near the former premises of Charlie Hebdo, according to a source close to the investigation cited by the AFP. Two injured are in "absolute urgency", according to the Paris police headquarters. A suspect was arrested near Place de la Bastille shortly after.

Two people were injured this Friday in Paris in the 11th arrondissement, near the former premises of the weekly. The national anti-terrorism prosecution was seized.

C'est près des anciens locaux de Charlie Hebdo qu'une attaque a eu lieu vendredi 25 septembre. © afp.com/Thomas COEX It was near the former premises of Charlie Hebdo that an attack took place on Friday 25 September.

Two people were stabbed in Paris on Friday in still undetermined circumstances near the former premises of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, in the midst of the trial of the deadly attacks which had targeted him in January 2015.

The national prosecutor's office counterterrorism (Pnat) was seized of the investigation into the attack. The flagrance investigation is open for "attempted assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and "criminal terrorist association", he said.

Terrorist attack in Paris: a second person in custody

 Terrorist attack in Paris: a second person in custody © AFP A second person was taken into custody on Friday after the stabbing attack that left two seriously injured near Charlie's former premises Weekly, in Paris. The anti-terrorism prosecution was also seized. A second person was taken into custody after the stabbing attack that left two injured Friday near the former premises of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, AFP learned from a source judicial.

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This attack would be the act of a single person, said the Paris police headquarters, which initially reported two suspects on the run and four injured. The attack would have taken place shortly before noon on rue Nicolas Appert, in the 11th arrondissement of the capital. The Paris Police Prefecture recommends avoiding the area on its Twitter account.

A suspect was arrested in Bastille shortly after the attack, according to the police headquarters. Information confirmed to the Express. A security perimeter has also been established around the former premises of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff for a suspicious package.

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Attack in Paris: in the old district of "Charlie", painful memories

 Attack in Paris: in the old district of © AFP A stabbing attack near the former premises of "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris left two people injured. After the dread of five years ago, an entire already damaged neighborhood is again in shock. For residents, this new attack has revived painful memories, which are still vivid. "We could hear people shouting 'bomb, bomb!' in the street, we all went to take refuge somewhere. Memories come back.

On France 2, the presenter of "Cash Investigation" announced that the victims, a man and a woman, are employees of the First Lines agency. She reports that one of the employees "saw this man running with a butcher's blade or a machete after an injured employee". She recalls that "most of the First Lines Television employees have already experienced the attack by the Kouachi brothers against Charlie Hebdo five years ago".

First testimonies

The Samu indicated to have triggered its operational crisis unit, while the RATP declared to have "completely closed to the public" the Bastille metro station by "security measure". Rue Nicolas Appert, where the newspaper's premises were located, is blocked, with a dozen armed police officers deployed on the spot, noted an AFP journalist.

"Around noon, we went for a lunch break at the restaurant. When we arrived, the boss started shouting 'go, go', there is an attack ... We ran away and shut up and stay inside our shop with four customers, "Hassani Erwan, 23, a hairdresser at the corner of rue Saint-Sabin and rue Verte told AFP. "We have two injuries, one of them serious," Front Line reporter Paul Moreira told BFMTV .

Attack in Paris: "no known threat" against the old "Charlie Hebdo" building, according to the police headquarters

 Attack in Paris: © AFP The old "Charlie Hebdo" building, target of the chopper attack which injured two people on Friday in Paris, "was not the subject of any known threat," the police headquarters said on Saturday, accused by the Minister of the Interior of having "underestimated" the threat.

Thousands of students confined

Prime Minister Jean Castex announced earlier that he was going to the crisis center of the Ministry of the Interior after the attack. "A serious event has just occurred in Paris. A stabbing attack was perpetrated in the 11th arrondissement, in front of the former headquarters of Charlie Hebdo , leaving four injured, two of whom appear to be in serious condition . Under these conditions, I am obliged to go to the crisis center in Beauvau to make sure of the reality of the situation and its evolution ", declared the head of government, shortening a trip to Pantin (Seine-Saint- Denis). Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin also returned urgently to Beauvau.

Schools, nurseries and senior residences in the district are closed. According to the Paris academy, five schools are closed and "thousands of students" are confined as a precaution. "Five schools in the 11th arrondissement and all the schools in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements have been confined. That represents thousands of students, from nursery to high school. We are getting to safety. We are in the process of shutting down municipal facilities and gymnasiums too, "said the mayor of Paris Center Ariel Weil.

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