Refresh for latest…: At least two people have been injured, including one who is in serious condition, in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris’ 11th arrondissment. The police have arrested two suspects in the attack whose details are still unfolding as the investigation continues. It has yet to be confirmed if the attack was terrorist related, however the national anti-terrorism unit has opened an investigation for “an assassination attempt in connection with a terrorist enterprise, criminal terrorist association,” France Info said.
Two of the injured are employees of documentary production company Premieres Lignes which occupies the same building as Charlie Hebdo’s former offices. There have been mixed reports as to how many people were injured, with some saying the total is four.
The attack took place just before noon today. Thousands of students have been confined inside their schools as a precaution in the surrounding 11th, 3rd and 4th arrondissements. French Prime Minister Jean Castex and France’s Minister of the Interior Gérald Darminin are on their way to the area.
This is a chilling reminder of the attack on Charlie Hebdo which in January 2015 left 12 dead. Today’s attack also comes as a landmark trial recently opened over the Charlie Hebdo massacre and related terrorist attacks that resulted in a further five fatalities around the capital.