A man of Pakistani descent detained in connection with a knife attack near the former offices of the blasphemous cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo in the French capital, Paris, has been charged with terrorism.
According to the foreign news agency AP, the accused told investigators that he reacted angrily to the publication of blasphemous sketches of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in a weekly newspaper.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor said that the investigating magistrates had initially charged the accused with “attempted murder in connection with terrorism”.
He said that the accused would remain in custody for further investigation while the relatives of the accused and their accomplices were released without any charge.
Counter-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Richard said the Pakistani-born suspect identified himself as 25-year-old Zaheer Hassan Mahmood.
It should be noted that on September 27, a man of Pakistani origin was arrested in Paris on charges of the knife attack near the former offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine.
The interior minister had confirmed that he was looking at the incident as “Islamic terrorism”.
The names of those injured in the crash have not yet been released, but they were employees of a French documentary company, which has been confirmed by their employer.
The knife attack comes as the trial of 14 suspects involved in three consecutive terrorist attacks continues in January 2015, and the attacks began in Charlie Hebdo’s office and ended in a supermarket.
A total of 17 people were killed in the attacks carried out in 2015 by two brothers, Saeed and Sharif. All the accused are on trial while the rest are accused of facilitating the main accused.
Four people were injured in a knife attack near the former offices of the blasphemous cartoon magazine Charlie Hebdo on Friday.
It may be recalled that the blasphemy of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was published by Charlie Hebdo, which caused outrage among Muslims all over the world and a strong protest was recorded.
The decision was condemned by several Muslim countries, including Pakistan, in a statement issued by the Foreign Office.
Foreign Office stated that Pakistan strongly condemns the decision to republish the blasphemous sketch of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
“This deliberate move to hurt the feelings of billions of Muslims around the world cannot be justified in the name of freedom of expression or freedom of the press,” the statement said.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had condemned the decision of the weekly magazine to publish blasphemous sketches, saying, It hurt the feelings of millions of Muslims.