Production Company Employees Injured In Paris Knife Attack Near Former Charlie Hebdo Offices; Two Suspects Arrested

UPDATE, Writethru, refresh for latest…: 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 or criminal terrorist association.”

The injured are employees of independent TV production company and news agency Premieres Lignes which occupies the same building as Charlie Hebdo’s former offices. The company produces French investigative news program Cash Investigation, among others. Paul Moreira, journalist and co-director of Premières Lignes, told BFMTV that the company had not received any threats before the attack this morning. “It happened extremely quickly,” he said. The two employees injured were on a cigarette break in front of the building when an assailant attacked them with “a sort of meat cleaver.”

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; nurseries and senior residences have also been locked down. Six metro stations in the area were closed in the aftermath, including Bastille. French Prime Minister Jean Castex, France’s Minister of the Interior Gérald Darminin and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo have just arrived in 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.

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