Stabbing Attack

Sep 26, 2020

In the late morning hours of 25 September 2020, a stabbing attack occurred along Rue Nicolas Appert near Boulevard Richard Lenoir in eastern Paris. The assailant, armed with a machete, stabbed and wounded at least two people in the vicinity of the former headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper, which recently reprinted controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. The attacker then fled the scene on the Paris Metro, but was arrested near the Bastille Plaza. Another suspect was also reportedly arrested in connection with the stabbing. There is currently a heavy security presence in the Boulevard Richard Lenoir area and the metro station remains shut down. Counterterrorism officials are investigating the attack to determine the motive of the assailant. Islamist militants attacked Charlie Hebdo’s headquarters in January 2015 in response to its initial publishing of the controversial Muhammad cartoons. A court trial of two alleged accomplices in the attack is currently underway in Paris.

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