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Two injured following knife attack outside Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris

French police have arrested two men following a knife attack that took place outside the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine.

Two journalists, a man and a woman, were taking a smoking break when they were attacked by a man wielding a meat cleaver outside the offices this morning at approximately 11:40 am (local time).

Both sustained serious injuries following the incident, with one witness describing one of the victims as being covered in blood after being hit in the face with the blade.

The two journalists worked for Première Lignes, a news agency based in the offices that were formerly used by Charlie Hebdo where a serious terrorist attack occurred back in 2015. This incident follows a trial, which has recently opened, linked to the 2015 terrorist attacks where 12 people were killed.

Both suspects fled the scene, but the first suspect was found within minutes outside the Paris Bastille opera house covered in blood, according to police.

The second suspect was arrested approximately two hours later on a metro train and will undergo questioning, along with the other suspect, at a high-security police station in Paris.

Both victims are said to be in intensive care with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

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