7 in custody after stabbing close to Charlie Hebdo’s former workplace in Paris


Seven individuals had been in custody on Saturday after a stabbing exterior the previous Paris places of work of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, together with the suspected assailant, authorities stated.

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Counterterrorism authorities are investigating what officers known as an Islamic extremist assault linked to Charlie Hebdo, which misplaced 12 workers in an al-Qaeda assault in 2015. The weekly, which routinely mocks non secular and different outstanding figures, recently republished caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad that outraged many Muslims.

The suspected assailant in Friday’s stabbing had been arrested a month in the past for carrying a screwdriver however was not on police radar for Islamic radicalization, Inside Minister GĂ©rald Darmanin stated. He stated the screwdriver was thought-about a weapon however didn’t clarify why.

The suspect arrived in France three years in the past as an unaccompanied minor, apparently from Pakistan, however his id was nonetheless being verified, the minister stated.

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This picture exhibits the constructing the place one of many suspects was dwelling in Pantin, a suburb of Paris. (AFP by way of Getty Photos)

Seven others had been detained within the aftermath of Friday’s assault, however one has been launched, in line with judicial officers. 5 of these in custody had been detained within the Paris suburb of Pantin in a residence the place the suspect is believed to have lived, a police official stated.

Two individuals had been wounded in Friday’s assault, when a girl and a person working at a documentary manufacturing firm had stepped exterior for a smoke break.

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The inside minister conceded that safety was missing on the road the place Charlie Hebdo was as soon as headquartered, and he ordered particular safety for all “symbolic websites,” noting specifically Jewish websites across the Yom Kippur vacation this weekend. A Jewish grocery retailer was focused days after the Charlie Hebdo newsroom bloodbath, in what authorities say had been co-ordinated assaults.