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Knife­man in Paris wounds 2 at ‘Char­lie Hebdo’ build­ing

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>>PARIS: A man armed with a meat cleaver at­tacked and wounded two peo­ple on Fri­day who had stepped out for a cig­a­rette in front of the Paris of­fice build­ing where Is­lamist mil­i­tants gunned down em­ploy­ees of satir­i­cal mag­a­zine Char­lie Hebdo five years ago.

Po­lice soon af­ter de­tained the man sus­pected of car­ry­ing out the at­tack, with blood­stains on his clothes, next to the steps of an opera house about 500 me­tres away.

The sus­pected at­tacker was from Pak­istan, and had ar­rived in France three years ago as an un­ac­com­pa­nied mi­nor, In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ger­ald Dar­manin said.

“We are still in a war against Is­lamist ter­ror­ism,” Mr Dar­manin said in a Twit­ter post.

He said he had or­dered law en­force­ment agents to beef up pro­tec­tion at all sites where Is­lamist at­tacks had taken place in the past, and at syn­a­gogues, where the city’s Jewish com­mu­nity this weekend mark the Yom Kip­pur holiday.

Nathan Mes­sas, a doc­tor who lives near the scene of Fri­day’s at­tack, said it brought back mem­o­ries of the Char­lie Hebdo shoot­ing. “Once again, ha­tred, gra­tu­itous ha­tred. I was here five years ago. Five years later, we’re here again. I don’t know when this is go­ing to end,” Dr Mes­sas said.

The victims of the at­tack were taken to hos­pi­tal but their lives were not in dan­ger, of­fi­cials said.

The at­tack co­in­cided with the start this month of the trial of 14 al­leged ac­com­plices in the 2015 Char­lie Hebdo at­tack. The gun­men be­hind that at­tack killed 12 peo­ple.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said the mil­i­tants at that time wanted to avenge the pub­li­ca­tion of car­toons de­pict­ing the Prophet Mo­ham­mad in the mag­a­zine. Char­lie Hebdo re­pub­lished the car­toons on the eve of the trial this month.

The main sus­pect in Fri­day’s at­tack is 18, a po­lice source said. The in­te­rior min­is­ter said he was not on a se­cu­rity ser­vices watch­list. He was de­tained a month ago for car­ry­ing a weapon — a screw­driver — and was re­leased with a warn­ing, the min­is­ter said.

A sec­ond sus­pect was de­tained mo­ments af­ter the at­tack and pros­e­cu­tors were try­ing to es­tab­lish his re­la­tion to the knife at­tacker. The sec­ond man is Al­ge­rian, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice source.

Later on Fri­day, a fur­ther five peo­ple were de­tained af­ter po­lice searched a prop­erty in a north­east­ern sub­urb of Paris linked to the main sus­pect, a ju­di­cial source said.

Char­lie Hebdo va­cated its of­fices af­ter the 2015 at­tack and is now in a se­cret lo­ca­tion. The build­ing is now used by a tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion com­pany.

Two of the pro­duc­tion com­pany’s staff, a man and a woman, were in the street hav­ing a cig­a­rette break when they were at­tacked, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors and a col­league of the victims.

A lo­cal res­i­dent, who gave his name as Al­bert, said he heard a long, deathly shout from “a per­son who was scream­ing and scream­ing”.

In the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math, a neigh­bour said she saw blood on the ground and peo­ple pulling a wounded woman away into the of­fice build­ing.

 ??  ?? PROBE: Foren­sic ex­perts in­ves­ti­gate the scene of an in­ci­dent near the for­mer of­fices of French mag­a­zine ‘Char­lie Hebdo’ on Fri­day.
PROBE: Foren­sic ex­perts in­ves­ti­gate the scene of an in­ci­dent near the for­mer of­fices of French mag­a­zine ‘Char­lie Hebdo’ on Fri­day.

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