Official: Paris stabbing Defendant targeted Charlie Hebdo

Two people were injured and seven individuals are in custody following Friday’s attack using a meat cleaver beyond the paper’s former offices in southern Paris, which counterterrorism police are exploring within an Islamic extremist attack.

Charlie Hebdo dropped 12 workers in an al-Qaida assault in 2015 by French-born extremists who’d chased the prophet animations. The paper, which regularly mocks spiritual figures of all sorts, chose to republish the caricatures daily before the trial to the 2015 strikes opened earlier this season. The novel attracted threats from militant groups in addition to criticism from Muslims in numerous nations.

Questioned by researchers, the primary defendant confessed carrying out the assault and stated he sought to goal Charlie Hebdo due to their caricatures, based on an official close to the investigation that was not authorized to be termed talking an ongoing evaluation.

The defendant was arrested a month ago for carrying out alien, but was not on police radar for Muslim radicalization,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said. He explained the screwdriver was regarded as a weapon but didn’t explain why.

Seven others were arrested in the wake of Friday’s assault, but one was published, the official stated. Five of these in custody have been arrested in the Paris suburb of Pantin at a house where the defendant is thought to have lived.

The 2 people hurt in Friday’s assault were a girl and a guy working in the Premieres Lignes documentary manufacturing company who’d stepped out for a smoke break.

Prime Minister Jean Castex, seeing Paris police headquarters Saturday, vowed to step up the struggle against terrorism, stating”the enemies of the republic won’t win.”

The interior ministry declared that safety was missing on the road where Charlie Hebdo was headquartered, also ordered particular security for all”emblematic websites,” noting specifically Jewish sites across the Yom Kippur holiday this weekend. A Jewish supermarket was targeted days following the Charlie Hebdo newsroom massacre, in what police say were coordinated strikes.