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Paris knife attack suspect says he was targeting Charlie Hebdo - police source

By Matthias Blamont

 

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A French police stands near the Opera Bastille where a suspect in a stabbing attack near the former offices of the magazine Charlie Hebdo has been arrested in Paris, France September 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

 

PARIS (Reuters) - A man arrested in Paris after two people were wounded with a meat cleaver says he was targeting weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the attack, a police source said on Saturday.

 

The two people were attacked on Friday in front of the former offices of Charlie Hebdo, where Islamist militants shot dead 12 people in 2015 because the magazine had published cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad.

 

Friday's violence coincided with the start this month of the trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack, in which the gunmen killed 12 people. On the eve of the trial, Charlie Hebdo had republished the cartoons..

 

The police source said the suspected assailant, who Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said was from Pakistan and arrived in France three years ago as an unaccompanied minor, was cooperating with the police.

 

A judicial source said the suspect's custody had been extended on Saturday morning. Under French law, he faces a formal investigation at the end of the process.

 

A suspected accomplice was released on Saturday but three others were arrested, including the suspected assailant's brother. By Saturday evening, nine people were in custody including the suspected attacker.

 

A second suspect was also detained moments after the attack and prosecutors were trying to establish his relation to the attacker. He was released without being charged, the source said.

 

Charlie Hebdo moved to a secret location after the 2015 attack. Its former offices are now used by a television production company.

 

Two of the production company's staff, a man and a woman, were in the street having a cigarette break when they were attacked, according to prosecutors and a colleague of the victims.

 

Al Qaeda, the militant Islamist group that said it was responsible for the 2015 attack, threatened to attack Charlie Hebdo again after it republished the cartoons of the Prophet.

 

France has experienced a wave of attacks by Islamist militants including bombings and shootings in November 2015 at the Bataclan theatre and sites around Paris that killed 130 people. In July 2016, an Islamist militant drove a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86.

 

(Reporting by Matthias Blamont; editing by Christian Lowe, Christina Fincher and Timothy Heritage)

 

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Staying in France is contreindicated in case of people submitted to superstition and ignorance.  

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Isn't it lovely the enrichment and benefit asylum/economic migrants bring to ones country. Suppose it's the fault of the French health and social system not picking up on his disadvantaged position and mental instability. Extra work needed in those areas for these poor souls.

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Interesting to learn the suspect is 18 years old. He looks about 40. And then the admission the authorities that welcomed him into their country actually had no idea who is is, where he came from, and how old he is. And they failed to protect the French public. These failures should be criminal, gross dereliction of basic safety measures to keep French people safe.

 

Interior minister "Gerald Darmanin said the man - named as Ali - arrived in France three years ago as a minor, apparently from Pakistan, but his identity was still being verified."

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8772267/At-four-people-stabbed-near-former-offices-Charlie-Hebdo-Paris.html

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Charlie Hebdo readers in Turkey and Pakistan outnumber those in France

 

Turkey/ 

 

"“With this action, France aims at both increasing psychological pressure on the Muslims, and spreading the as yet little known “freedom of disbelief/kufr” together with its freedom of expression."

http://www.khilafah.com/protest-in-turkey-against-the-charlie-hebdo-cartoons-insulting-the-prophet-muhammad-ﷺ/

 

    Protest in Istanbul against Charlie Hebdo cartoons - World News 20200904_Istanbul_.jpg

 

Pakistan

Première manifestation contre la Une de Charlie Hebdo au Pakistan, la  colère enfle - La Libre

De la Turquie au Pakistan, ils manifestent contre Charlie Hebdo

 

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I cannot name one religion, either now or in the past, which has not been tainted by greed, hate, intolerance or the killing of others. This latest episode confirms my avoidance of manmade collectives of that sort.

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3 hours ago, Orton Rd said:

Anyone should be allowed to poke fun at an illiterate 7th century caravan robber and slave owner without being shot, blown up or hacked to death. If it's a religion of peace the extremists should be extremely peaceful, not hateful killers.

Charlie Hebdo serves as  a smoke screen

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Interesting comparison. How quickly French police and senior politicians have commented on this, including full details of the two arrested suspects.

 

Meanwhile in the UK, the Birmingham attacker who stabbed killed and wounded - the police and politicians remain quite. Keep it out of the press!

 

Well done France. 

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5 hours ago, baansgr said:

You may remember the Evacuation of "child" refugees from the camp in Calais a few years ago. Touted by the lefty liberals that young innocent children with pictures mostly of young girls were at risk. The reality was young men with beards were brought to the UK...the arrival was tried to be hidden behind tempory boarded walls but press managed to capture and release the reality of what was happening.

Yeah, I remember that, not a teddy bear in sight, as some wit put it.

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 imo there's so much more to come as this was a mere warmup but France ( and the mag) knew that when they re printed the pics. Not justifying the stabbing in the least but murder in the streets should surprise no one unfortunately. And these latest actions definitely won't quell the blood lust generated, if anything it will inspire more of the maniacs..

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32 minutes ago, oobar said:

What the world needs are tens of thousands of Charlie Hebdos, publishing daily, hourly.  Overwhelm this anachronistic and hateful ignorance with a tidal wave of satirical exposure.  Let them realize their myths are their own absurdities, which have no more standing in the rest of the world than do other of the much more than abundant religious myths and fairy tales common to mankind.

"the magazine said that it had often been asked to carry on printing caricatures of the prophet since the 2015 killings. "We have always refused to do so, not because it is prohibited - the law allows us to do so - but because there was a need for a good reason to do it, a reason which has meaning and which brings something to the debate, To reproduce these cartoons in the week the trial over the January 2015 terrorist attacks opens seemed essential to us." 

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54251389

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