Suspect arrested after at least two people wounded in Paris knife attack

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At least two people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris and a suspect has been arrested, police have said.

While authorities initially thought two attackers were involved, they now believe it was only one person, who was detained near the Bastille plaza in eastern Paris, a city police official said.

The official said police are still searching the area while they question the arrested suspect.

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French police officers and rescue workers gather a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. A police official said officers are "actively hunting" for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French police officers patrol after four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. A police official said officers are "actively hunting" for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Riot police officers arrive after four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. A police official said officers are "actively hunting" for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Police car park outside a building after four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. A police official said officers are "actively hunting" for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
A French soldiers gestures after four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. A police official said officers are "actively hunting" for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
French soldiers patrol after four people have been wounded in a knife attack near the former offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, Friday Sept. 25, 2020 in Paris. A police official said officers are "actively hunting" for the perpetrators and have cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby. Islamic extremists attacked the offices in 2015, killing 12 people. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
An armed French soldier (backC) stands guards past policemen as he secures the area after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following an attack by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. - Four people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack in Paris on September 25, 2020, near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Two of the victims were in a critical condition, the Paris police department said, adding two suspects were on the run. The stabbing came as a trial was underway in the capital for alleged accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that claimed 12 lives. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP) (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)
An armed French soldier (background) stands guard as policemen secure the area after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following an attack by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. - Four people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack in Paris on September 25, 2020, near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Two of the victims were in a critical condition, the Paris police department said, adding two suspects were on the run. The stabbing came as a trial was underway in the capital for alleged accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that claimed 12 lives. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP) (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)
An armed French soldier stands guard near the area after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following an attack by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. - Four people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack in Paris on September 25, 2020, near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Two of the victims were in a critical condition, the Paris police department said, adding two suspects were on the run. The stabbing came as a trial was underway in the capital for alleged accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that claimed 12 lives. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP) (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman is comforted after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following an attack by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. - Four people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack in Paris on September 25, 2020, near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Two of the victims were in a critical condition, the Paris police department said, adding two suspects were on the run. The stabbing came as a trial was underway in the capital for alleged accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that claimed 12 lives. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
A French police officer secures the area after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following an attack by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. - Four people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack in Paris on September 25, 2020, near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Two of the victims were in a critical condition, the Paris police department said, adding two suspects were on the run. The stabbing came as a trial was underway in the capital for alleged accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that claimed 12 lives. (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT / AFP) (Photo by GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELT/AFP via Getty Images)
A French police intervention unit (GSO) officer secures the area after several people were injured near the former offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo following an attack by a man wielding a knife in the capital Paris on September 25, 2020. - Four people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack in Paris on September 25, 2020, near the former offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, a source close to the investigation told AFP. Two of the victims were in a critical condition, the Paris police department said, adding two suspects were on the run. The stabbing came as a trial was underway in the capital for alleged accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attack on the Charlie Hebdo weekly that claimed 12 lives. (Photo by Alain JOCARD / AFP) (Photo by ALAIN JOCARD/AFP via Getty Images)
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Police initially announced four people were wounded in the attack but the official said there are in fact only two confirmed wounded.

It is unclear what motivated the attack on Friday or whether it had any link to Charlie Hebdo, which moved offices after they were attacked by Islamic extremists in 2015, who killed 12 people inside.

AP reporters at the scene of Friday's police operation saw officers flooding into the neighbourhood, near the Richard Lenoir subway station.

Police cordoned off the area including the former Charlie Hebdo offices after a suspect package was noticed nearby, according the police official.

They did not release the identities of the attacker or the wounded, who are in "absolutely urgent" condition, the official said.

Prime Minister Jean Castex cut short a visit to a suburb north of Paris to head to the Interior Ministry to follow developments.

The trial in the Charlie Hebdo attacks is currently under way in the city.

Murmurs broke at the terrorism trial of 14 people accused of helping the attackers in the January 2015 killings as the news filtered through.

The widows of the Charlie Hebdo attackers are scheduled to testify on Friday afternoon.

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