Two people injured in a knife attack in Paris, terror investigation opened

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Two people were seriously injured in a knife attack Friday near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. To remember, this was the site of a 2015 terrorist attack when a total of 17 people were killed. The two victims are in a serious condition but their lives are not in danger, police said. The two victims were on a cigarette break at the time when they were attacked. They worked for documentary film company Premieres Lignes. After the stabbing, police quickly flooded the neighborhood in eastern Paris near the Richard Lenoir subway station. A suspect was arrested near Place de la Bastille, in Paris’s 11th district, but the person was not immediately identified by police.

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Jean-François Ricard, the national anti-terror prosecutor, said on Friday afternoon that a second individual was placed in custody for his relations with the main perpetrator. Seven people in total have been arrested in connection to the attack. Annie Hidalgo, mayor of Paris, tweeted a statement Friday condemning the attack. “Through this highly symbolic place, it is once again freedom of expression that is targeted.” Soldiers patrol Paris after attack. A media group affiliated with al Qaeda had recently released a statement encouraging attacks on France. Paris officials have opened a terror investigation.