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According to official information, two people were seriously injured in a knife attack in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

A suspect was arrested in the nearby Bastille. A second suspect was also reportedly arrested.

The anti-terror police have taken over the investigation.

A security chain has been set up in the 11th arrondissement to the east of Paris. The public was urged to avoid the area.

At the site of the attack near Richard Lenoir Boulevard, a blade known as a machete, or meat cleaver, was recovered.

One of the arrested suspects was arrested with blood on his clothes, a police source told the BBC.

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Initial reports said four people had been injured.

The attack comes as a high-profile trial of 14 people is underway in Paris who are alleged to have assisted two jihadists in carrying out the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people.

Image rightsReutersImage descriptionHeavily armed police officers are on site

The two wounded were employees of a television production company, one of their colleagues told the AFP news agency.

“Two colleagues were smoking a cigarette in front of the building on the street. I heard shouts. I went to the window and saw one of my blood-covered colleagues being followed by a man with a machete in the street,” said another member of the employees of the Premières Lignes production company said.

The company has offices on Rue Nicolas Appert, a side street off Boulevard Richard Lenoir where Charlie Hebdo’s former offices are.

The satirical magazine has now moved to a secret location.

Image rightsReutersImage descriptionThe public was told to avoid the area in the 11th arrondissement of Paris

Charlie Hebdo marked the beginning of the process by reprinting controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked protests in several Muslim countries.

The defendants in the trial are also charged with assisting another jihadist in a similar attack, in which he shot and killed a police officer, then attacked a Jewish shop and killed four people.

The 17 victims were killed over a period of three days. All three attackers were killed by the police. The killings marked the beginning of a wave of jihadist attacks across France that killed more than 250 people.

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