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Suspects arrested in French capital after stabbing attack: Police

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
French police and forensic officers inspect the scene of an attack after several people were injured near the former offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. (Photo by AFP)

Police in France have arrested two suspects after a stabbing attack outside the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine in the country’s capital, Paris.

An unnamed Paris police source said on Friday that one of the suspects was Pakistani and the other was Algerian.

Earlier on Friday, two journalists were stabbed near the French weekly’s former offices in Paris. The attack took place three weeks into the trial of the individuals accused of being accomplices in the 2015 terrorist attack on the magazine’s offices.

TV footage showed ambulances, fire trucks, and police cordoning off the area around Charlie Hebdo’s former offices.

Paris police said two people had been “critically wounded” in the Friday attack and an anti-terror investigation had been opened. But it was not immediately clear if the attack was related to the magazine.

​French police are given instructions at the scene of an attack in which several people were injured near the former offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo by a man wielding a knife in the French capital, Paris, on September 25, 2020.  (Photo by AFP)

“The government is… determined with all its means to fight terrorism,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who rushed to the scene.

In January 2015, two men barged into the magazine’s Paris offices, killing 12 people, many of whom worked for the publication. The attack, condemned by Muslims across the world, was allegedly a response to the magazine’s offensive cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) a few years earlier.

The terrorists in that attack were French-born brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi. They claimed the attacks in the name of al-Qaeda. Both were killed in police raids at the time.

But 14 suspected accomplices are standing trial for abetting the attackers.

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