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4 Wounded in Paris A knife attack near the former Charlie Hebdo office

Paris – Four people were injured by at least one assailant with knives in Paris on Friday near the site of Charlie Hebdo’s former office – the site of a 2015 terrorist attack on a satirical newspaper, authorities said.

Jean Castex, the French prime minister, interrupted the planned speech, saying that a “serious event” had just taken place in the capital.

“A blade attack was carried out in the 11th district in front of the former Charlie Hebdo offices,” Mr Castex said, adding that two of the wounded appeared to be in critical condition.

Local authorities said police were looking for a “potentially dangerous” person in the eastern part of the capital. Emmanuel Gregoire, the deputy mayor of Paris, in a Twitter post called on people to avoid the Richard-Lenoir district – where Charlie Hebdo had offices before the terrorist attack in January 2015, which killed 12 people.

Paris police said a police operation was under way in the area, but did not provide details.

The al-Qaeda terrorist group recently made new threats against Charlie Hebdo, who moved to heavily protected offices elsewhere after the attack. The threats followed the newspaper’s decision to reprint satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad at the opening of the trial against several people accused of aiding the attackers.

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