Paris Cutlery Attack Suspect Planned Newspaper Arson September 30 at 5:04 AM
In a case in which two people were slashed with cutlery this month in front of the former headquarters of a newspaper once attacked by Islamic extremists in France, prosecutors have revealed that a detained Pakistani man is believed to have planned to enter the newspaper and set it on fire, and was preparing to make a look in advance.
In Paris, France, two men and a woman were slashed with cutlery and seriously injured in front of the former headquarters of a newspaper that killed 12 people after being attacked by Islamic extremists five years ago, and investigators are investigating the involvement of a man from Pakistan who was detained near the scene.
Prosecutors explained the status of the investigation so far at a press conference on May 29.
Prosecutors revealed that the man had initially planned to enter the newspaper and set it on fire, buying bottles and kitchen knives with flammable liquids in the suburbs of Paris, and preparing several times to look around the scene until the day before the incident.
However, the man said he did not know that the newspaper had moved to another location and thought the two victims were employees of the newspaper.
It also turns out that the man misled his name and age and turned out to be 25 years old, not actually 18 years old.
A video was also found on the man’s cell phone accusing the man of drawing a satire of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, and investigators are investigating the newspaper’s re-publication of the prophet’s satire this month.