PARIS – Four people were injured by at least one knife-wielding assailant in Paris on Friday near the site of the former Charlie Hebdo office – the scene of a 2015 terrorist attack on the satirical newspaper – authorities said.
Jean Castex, the French prime minister, interrupted a planned speech, saying that a “serious event” had just occurred in the capital.
“A bladed weapon attack was carried out in the 11th arrondissement in front of the former Charlie Hebdo offices,” Castex said, adding that two of the wounded appeared to be in critical condition.
Paris police said a police operation was underway in the area but did not provide details.
Al Qaeda, the terrorist group, had recently launched new threats against Charlie Hebdo, who moved after the attack to highly protected offices elsewhere. The threats followed the newspaper’s decision to do so reprint of the satirical cartoons of the prophet Mohammed at the opening of the trial of several people accused of helping the aggressors.