French police have said that four people have been wounded in a knife attack near to the former Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris.
A police source told Reuters that two of the victims have “life threatening injuries”.
A police official said that they were “actively hunting” for the attacker, who has now been arrested and no one else is being sought.
🛑🛑 Très gros dispositif policier déployé dans le 11eme. Attaque à l’arme blanche non loin des locaux de Charlie Hebdo. A suivre pic.twitter.com/CMO4pN1jRV
— Sami Sfaxi (@Sfaxi_Sami) September 25, 2020
French police have cordoned off the area after a suspicious package was also found nearby.
Armed police have surrounded the neighbourhood in eastern Paris, near the Richard Lenior Metro Station, and residents have been told to avoid the area.
Schools and care homes in the area have been closed.
A witness told BFMTV, “I saw a young woman with a huge head injury, blood was running all over her face”
Journalist Lucas Burel claimed there were two suspects wanted by police, he added two victims were in an “urgent condition.”
Burel tweeted, “Assault with knives in the Richard Lenoir sector (source PP): – four victims including two in absolute urgency – two fugitives wanted by the police – The BRI is mobilized. – Enlarged perimeter established around the former Charlie Hebdo premises for a suspicious packages.“