French officials confirmed on the 26th that a total of 7 people were arrested for a knife attack at the original site of Charlie Hebdo the day before, including the main suspect.
French Interior Minister Gérard Darmanin said that the suspect was arrested a month ago for possessing “weapons” and was released after receiving a warning. Darmanin referred to a “weapon” as a screwdriver.
Darmanin said that the suspect arrived in France from Pakistan three years ago. He was underage and was not accompanied by an adult. Related departments are still verifying his identity.
Jean-François Ricard, the chief investigator of the French counter-terrorism department, said that the main suspect is 18 years old. Although he has a criminal record, he is not on the list of extreme personnel monitored by the security department.
A French police officer who did not want to be named told the Associated Press that after the incident, the police arrested seven other people, and one of them was released after being questioned. Of the six arrested, five lived in the same neighborhood as the main suspect.
The main suspect attacked on the 25th with a knife at the original location of the political satire magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. Stabbing two employees of a documentary production company who was ventilating outside. The counter-terrorism department official said that the attacker and the victim did not know each other.
The French counter-terrorism department has classified this incident as a terrorist attack investigation. Darmanin ordered special protection measures to be taken in all “Iconic location” where attacks have occurred.