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Police stand guard outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 26 September 2020

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picture captionPolice stand guard exterior the previous places of work of Charlie Hebdo

A person suspected of injuring two individuals with a meat cleaver in Paris has admitted to intentionally focusing on the previous places of work of the satirical Charlie Hebdo journal, French media report.

The man, an 18-year-old born in Pakistan, reportedly linked his actions to the magazine’s current republication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Charlie Hebdo did this as a trial over the 2015 Islamist assault on the journal which killed 12 individuals started.

The magazine’s location is now secret.

The constructing within the French capital’s eleventh district which used to home Charlie Hebdo’s places of work is now utilized by a tv manufacturing firm.

But the attacker apparently believed the magazine’s places of work have been nonetheless there, a supply shut to the investigation instructed the AFP information company, confirming different French media experiences.

The two victims of Friday’s assault haven’t been formally named however police mentioned they have been a person and lady who labored on the manufacturing firm.

Prime Minister Jean Castex instructed reporters on the scene – close to Boulevard Richard-Lenoir – that their lives weren’t at risk.

What is the suspect reported to have mentioned?

The suspect, who was arrested not removed from the scene on Friday, had “taken responsibility for his action”, sources instructed AFP, including that he positioned his actions “in the context of the republication of the cartoons”.

He has not been named, however French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned {the teenager} arrived within the nation three years in the past “as an isolated minor” of Pakistani nationality.

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picture captionSecurity was tight as police combed the scene of the assault on Friday

Eight different persons are in police custody over the assault, together with a former flatmate of the principle suspect.

But a 33-year-old Algerian man detained on Friday was launched after being cleared of any involvement, a judicial supply instructed AFP.

The unnamed man’s lawyer instructed the information company her shopper had really tried to cease the attacker and ought to be thought to be a “hero”.

Mr Darmanin mentioned the assault was “clearly an act of Islamist terrorism” and police had underestimated the menace degree within the space.

He mentioned he had ordered safety to be stepped up round synagogues this weekend for Yom Kippur, the holiest day within the Jewish calendar.

How did the assault unfold?

Colleagues of the victims mentioned they’d been exterior the Premieres Lignes information manufacturing company smoking a cigarette after they have been attacked.

The agency has places of work in Rue Nicolas Appert, a road off Boulevard Richard-Lenoir. A mural honouring these killed within the January 2015 assault on Charlie Hebdo is close by.

“I went to the window and saw a colleague, bloodied, being chased by a man with a machete,” one worker, who requested not to be named, mentioned.

“They were both very badly wounded,” Paul Moreira, the founder and co-head of Premieres Lignes, instructed AFP.

Police rapidly sealed off the realm and a big blade was recovered close by. Arrests have been later carried out within the neighborhood and through a search of a property north of Paris believed to be the principle suspect’s dwelling.

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In a tweet, Charlie Hebdo expressed its “support and solidarity with its former neighbours… and the people affected by this odious attack”.

What in regards to the new trial and republication of the cartoons?

Fourteen individuals went on trial earlier this month accused of serving to two jihadists perform the 2015 assault on Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 individuals in and across the magazine’s places of work, together with a few of France’s most celebrated cartoonists.

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picture captionA mural in tribute to these killed within the Charlie Hebdo assault was erected on the Rue Nicolas Appert

The defendants are additionally accused of serving to one other jihadist perform associated assaults in Paris, killing 5 individuals, together with a police officer.

The 17 victims have been killed over a interval of three days. All three attackers have been killed by police.

The killings noticed the start of a wave of jihadist assaults throughout France that left greater than 250 individuals useless.

Charlie Hebdo marked the beginning of the trial by reprinting its controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The unique cartoons had sparked anger and protests in a number of Muslim-majority international locations.

In response to the reprinting, the militant group al-Qaeda – which claimed the 2015 assault – renewed its menace in opposition to the journal.

The magazine’s head of human assets mentioned earlier this week that she had moved out of her dwelling after receiving demise threats.

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