The man who stabbed two people last week in front of the old office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, was unaware that the satirical magazine’s editorial staff had moved. He planned to set fire to the office, the local prosecutor reported Tuesday.
Various French media reported that last weekend based on sources Charlie Hebdo the target of the attack. The public prosecutor in Paris now confirms this.
The suspect was carrying three bottles of turpentine, a highly flammable liquid. “His original plan was to enter the magazine’s office, possibly using a hammer, and then set it on fire with turpentine,” the prosecution said.
The two victims were mistaken by the man on Friday as employees of Charlie Hebdo, when in reality they work for a manufacturing company that is located in the property where Charlie Hebdo before the 2015 terrorist attack.
The editorial office was then attacked for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Twelve people were killed, after which the office was moved to a secret location. In the run-up to the trial that started at the beginning of this month, published Charlie Hebdo again these controversial cartoons.
The prosecutor says that on the phone of the suspect, a 25-year-old man of Pakistani nationality, a video of him has been found in which he talks about his plan. In it he says he “revolts” against the prints published in France.
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