Paris — Police in the French capital arrested one man after a stabbing attack outside the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on Friday. A suspect was believed to be on the run and the subject of a manhunt.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed that four people were wounded, at least one apparently left in serious condition.
Elite police intervention units were on at the scene and a security cordon was quickly put up around the area. There were unconfirmed reports of a suspicious package at the site.
The building in the eastern 11th district of Paris was the scene of the deadly January 2015 attack carried out by brothers Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, who entered the offices on January 7 and killed 11 people, including eight editorial staffers.
As they fled the scene, the brothers killed a policeman who had been posted on guard outside the newspaper’s offices, after it received numerous threats. Those threats related to Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe his likeness should not displayed or published, and millions around the world took offense.
The two brothers were later shot dead by police.
A trial for that attack opened in Paris on September 2. The newspaper marked the occasion by republishing some of the cartoons of the Islamic prophet. Al Qaeda recently renewed its calls for attacks targeting the newspaper, which now operates out of a secret, heavily-guarded location.
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