A manhunt has been launched for two attackers after four people were stabbed near the old Charlie Hebdo office in Paris.
Two of the victims are in ‘an extremely bad way’ following the attacks at around 11.50am, according to an investigating source. He added: Two attackers were seen running away, and they are being searched for. A suspect device was also spotted.
A man with blood on his clothes was arrested at an opera house in the French capital at around 12.45pm. French police sources say one of the suspects have been arrested, while nearby schoolchildren have been ordered to stay inside.
Al Qaeda recently warned Charlie Hebdo of further attacks after it decided to reprint cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad at the opening of a trial into the 2015 attacks. One of the suspects in today’s rampage is believed to have fled on the metro, Le Figaro reports.
Police said there was ‘extreme concern’ today that those responsible for the stabbings might strike again. A perimeter has also been set up near the old Charlie Hebdo office due to a ‘suspicious package’ in the area.
It comes as a trial takes place in the French capital concerned with the January 2015 attacks that shocked the world.
Charlie Hebdo marked the opening of the criminal trial by re-publishing cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.
Local schools have been shut down, and people are being advised to stay in their offices and homes. The 2015 Paris attacks involved three gunmen linked to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State travelling around Paris slaughtering 15 civilians and two serving police officers at will.
Their primary targets were staff at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine which had published a series of cartoons mocking the Prophet Mohammed.