Seven detained for Paris knife attack near former Charlie Hebdo offices


Seven people have been detained in connection with a knife attack in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, French authorities said.

One suspected accomplice has been released, according to Reuters.

Gérald Darmanin, Minister of the Interior, said the Friday incident was being treated as an act of “Islamic terrorism.”

The main suspect, a Pakistani national, arrived in France from Pakistan three years ago, Darmanin said. He is reportedly cooperating with authorities.

The suspect, who has not been identified, allegedly attacked and injured two people with a meat cleaver in front of the building where Islamist militants gunned down employees of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015, reportedly admitted to targeting the location because he believed the magazine was still based there.

A former roommate of the suspected attacker was nabbed as part of a series of arrests Friday night, Reuters reported.

The main suspect was caught on the steps of the Paris Bastille opera house, just blocks from where the attack occurred.