Paris knife attack injures at least 2, suspect arrested after brief manhunt

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Parisian police have arrested someone in connection with a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo which left several people seriously injured.

A Parisian police official said authorities initially believed two suspects were on the run after injuring at least four people. Now they believe it is just one person who has since been detained near Place de la Bastille in eastern Paris.

Authorities initially told reporters four people were injured, but an official told The Associated Press that there were in fact only two confirmed injuries. The police could not explain the discrepancies.

Police did not disclose the identity of the attacker or the injured, who are in an “absolutely urgent” condition, said the official, who was not authorized to be named publicly.

Two victims suffer life-threatening injuries, according to Reuters.

French police and rescue workers gather after four people were injured in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday, September 25, 2020 in Paris. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus)

Police cordoned off the area, including the former Charlie Hebdo offices, after a suspicious package was seen nearby.

Prime Minister Jean Castex cut short a visit to a suburb north of Paris to go to the Ministry of the Interior to follow developments.

Police parking in front of a building after four people were injured in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on September 25, 2020 in Paris. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus)

Police parking in front of a building after four people were injured in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo on September 25, 2020 in Paris. (AP Photo / Thibault Camus)

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It is not known what motivated Friday’s attack or if it had any connection to Charlie Hebdo, which moved its offices after being attacked by Islamic extremists in 2015.

The trial of the Charlie Hebdo attacks is currently underway. Whispers erupted during the terrorism trial of 14 people, including three fugitives, accused of aiding assailants in the January 2015 killings, as news filtered through. The widows of the Charlie Hebdo attackers are expected to testify on Friday afternoon.

This story is developing. Please come back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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