Attacker wanted to set fire to Charlie Hebdo’s office


The prime suspect of Friday’s stabbing in Paris has admitted to setting fire to the offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The man had bottles of flammable liquid with him during the attack.

The French court announced this during a press conference on Tuesday. However, the man appeared unaware that the magazine’s office is no longer located at that location. The man has confessed the facts. He has also admitted that he is 25 years old, and not 18 as he stated earlier.

In the knife attack, near the old offices, two employees of the media company Premières Lignes Télévision were seriously injured on Friday afternoon. They survived the attack.


The suspect of the stabbing is said to have cited the republication of the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed as the reason. In addition to the main suspect, a 25-year-old Pakistani, a younger brother of the man was also arrested.

According to The Parisian wanted to attack the Charlie Hebdo journalists in their twenties. He thought the magazine was still located there, judicial sources confirm to AFP.


Charlie Hebdo was the target of a radical Islamic attack in January 2015. Twelve people lost their lives. The two perpetrators were later killed by the police. Three weeks ago, the trial against their alleged accomplices began. The magazine then re-published the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

This again led to protests in Islamic countries, including Pakistan.

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