PARIS (Reuters) – French authorities have launched an anti-terrorism investigation into an attack on two journalists who were stabbed on Friday in Paris near the former office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which was attacked by Islamist militants in 2015.
Prime Minister Jean Casteks announced the arrest of the main attacker. Another person was also taken into custody.
The journalists were injured during a smoke break, Kasteks said. Their lives are out of danger.
“The attack took place at a symbolic location while the trial of the horrific attack on Charlie Hebdo is underway,” the French prime minister said.
A nearby resident told Reuters he heard prolonged, high-pitched screams.
“I was in my office. I heard screams on the road. I looked out of the window and saw a woman who was lying on the ground, she had a wound on her face, possibly from a machete,” said one of the witnesses to the incident to radio Europe 1.
The radio station cited police reports that the main suspect was 18 years old, born in Pakistan and known to the security services.
One police source said a machete was found at the scene. Another police source reported the discovery of a butcher knife.
(Henri-Pierre André, translated by Elizaveta Zhuravleva and Vladimir Sadykov. Editor Anna Kozlova)