French anti-terrorism prosecutors have arrested nine people, including a minor, after a sunshine geography teacher was cut off in front of several witnesses on a street in northern Paris on Friday. afternoon, according to Paris police.
The attack outside a school in the Parisian suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine took place after the teacher showed cartoons of the prophet Muhammad published in satire magazine Charlie Hebdo to his students, a police spokesman told NBC.
The teacher, identified as Samuel Paty, 47, told Muslim students they could leave the classroom before the lesson on freedom of expression and profanity, according to the school district. However, many angry parents requested Paty̵7;s resignation after the lesson.
Citing a police source, Agence France-Presse reported that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Great” after the decay. The attacker, said to be an 18-year-old Chechen born in Moscow, was then severely shot by police in the town of Eragy Sur Oise after threatening officers with his knife. A handgun was found near his body, police said.
He was wearing a vest that may have contained explosives, which led police to send a bomb squad. No information was released if the vest was turned off. Extremists have been indoctrinated to believe that the bombings and killings of “infidels” will give them 72 virgins in paradise for their sacrifice. Among those arrested were family members of the attacker and parents of one of the victim’s Muslim students.
A police spokesman said the suspect claimed responsibility for the attack and posted a photo of the unidentified victim on Twitter which was later removed.
The attack on Friday was one of many terrorist-related tragedies that hit the French capital in recent years. Last month, two people were injured in a knife attack near the former satirical newspaper office Charlie Hebdo, where Islamist militants killed 12 people in 2015 in retaliation for a controversial cartoon by the prophet Muhammad. Officials said the September attack was a terrorist act carried out amid a criminal trial for assailants in 2015.
Paty is said to be a threat after showing students the cartoons themselves Charlie Hebdo is targeted for publishing. The guard reported that, after the lesson, the father of a 13-year-old girl who did not leave the classroom posted a video on YouTube claiming that Paty showed a “picture of a naked man “and said that it was the Muslim prophet. The father called the teacher a thug.
As the situation escalated, the school called a meeting with Paty, a principal and an education department official.
After the murder, Charlie Hebdo tweeted, “Intolerance has just reached a new threshold and seems to stop at nothing to impose fear on our country.”
“Tonight, the Republic was attacked in the horrific murder of one of its servants, a teacher,” Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Friday. “I think of him tonight, of his family. Our unity and resilience is the only answer to the evil of the terrorist terrorist. “
The Washington Post The country’s anti-terror prosecutor reported that it immediately opened an investigation into “murder in connection with a terrorist business” and “linking terrorist criminals.”
French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday night went to the crime scene after an emergency meeting with Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin. Darmanin set up a crisis center to deal with the serious attack. Macron called the beheading “an Islamic terrorist attack” at the scene. “One of our fellow citizens was killed today because he was teaching, he was teaching students about freedom of expression.”