4 Pakistanis nabbed for attack on satirical magazine office in France

Paris: French security agencies have nabbed four Pakistani-origin men for their suspected involvement in the recent attack outside the former office of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine.

Media reports said the arrests were made in connection with the attack in which two people were wounded outside the weekly’s former office on September 25.

The reports said three men were indicted on Friday by an anti-terrorism court in Paris for “criminal terrorist association”. The fourth and the youngest defendant was charged earlier in the week on December 14.

They are in the age group between 17-21 and are believed to be friends and relatives of the main attacker Zaheer Hassan Mahmoud. The attack killed 12 cartoonists and staff members.

In a video uploaded in social media before the attack, a weeping Hassan said he was motivated by speeches of Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the extremist leader of Tehreek-e Labbaik party, denouncing the caricatures.