UPDATED Sunday, September 27, 19:53

The suspected attacker in Friday’s incident in which a man and a woman were critically injured with a cleaver remains in custody in Paris, although his suspected accomplice has been released.

The chief suspect, arrested 500 metres away from the scene of the crime outside the old offices of the Charlie Hebdo magazine, came to France from Pakistan three years ago as an unaccompanied minor.

According to French daily Le Figaro, Hassan A., the perpetrator of the September 25 attack in Paris, near the former Charlie Hebdo premises, has claimed he is 18 years old, which has enabled him to be helped to find internships. He hoped to be able to obtain a multi-year residence permit in France, despite already having been arrested by the Ile-de-France railway police. He was walking around with a screwdriver on him.

The two victims were outside the building taking a cigarette break when the attack took place. They both work for a TV production company that now occupies the Charlie Hebdo building where 12 people died five years ago. The trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the 2015 attack started last week.

PHOTO: Reuters