Man arrested after knife attack near former offices of Charlie Hebdo

An 18-year-old man has been arrested and charged with an attempted terrorist murder after he seriously wounded two people outside the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, the magazine that was attacked by jihadists in 2015.

The man was not named but told police he carried out the attack and that he had been born in Pakistan and come to France as a child, according to BFM TV.

He was arrested on the steps of the Bastille Opera house an hour after he allegedly lunged at a man and woman who worked for Premières Images, a news production company that occupies part of the building that housed the satirical weekly newspaper.

Jean-François Ricard, the chief anti-terrorist prosecutor, said that the man suspected of committing the assault at the nearby site on the Rue Nicolas-Appert had been covered in blood. A second suspect, a 33-year-old man, was arrested at a nearby metro station on suspicion of involvement. He was tracked from the scene but police were not certain that he played a role in the attack.

The attacker was not known to be a Muslim radical but had convictions for firearms and other offences, police said.

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