PARIS – A middle school teacher who recently showed his cartoon classes of Prophet Muhammad was killed by a man who was later shot by police in a town northwest of Paris on Friday, a NBC police spokesman said. News.
The French terrorist prosecutor is investigating the incident, which took place in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a spokesman said, adding that the suspect had moved to the nearby commune of Eragy Sur Oise where officials of the police.
A police spokesman said the suspect refused to drop his weapon.
“The shots were fired and the suspect was killed,”; they said. A handgun was found near the suspect, they added.
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A large perimeter was set around the scene and the bomb squad was being investigated because the attacker appeared to be wearing a vest, the spokesman said. It is not clear if it contains explosives.
They added that the teacher was recently threatened by a parent after showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, published by Charlie Hebdo magazine, to his students in a debate to discuss freedom of expression and blasphemy in France.
A police spokesman said the suspect claimed the attack and posted an image of the victim on Twitter. The tweet was later removed.
French President Emmanuel Macron attended the scene while Interior Minister Gerard Darmanin said he had set up a crisis center to deal with the attack.
The attack was one of a number that would occur in the French capital in recent years. Last month, two people were stabbed and injured near the former office of Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine where Islamist militants killed 12 people in 2015. A man from Pakistan was arrested.
In October 2019, Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old IT expert with security clearance to work at the Paris police headquarters, killed three police officers and a civilian employee before being shot by police. He converted to Islam about 10 years ago.
The French capital was also hit by numerous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city in November 2015, leaving 130 people dead and 368 injured. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, although two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three others were French.
Nancy Ing reports from Paris and Henry Austin from London.