In a ugly incident, a highschool instructor, who allegedly displayed caricatures of Prophet Mohammed to his college students throughout a category, was decapitated by an attacker Friday afternoon. The French Police shot the suspect in a close-by city, killing him.
The assault occurred close to a college in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Saint-Honorine northwest of Paris.
The sufferer is claimed to be a historical past instructor who not too long ago mentioned caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in class.
Meanwhile, prosecutors mentioned they had been treating the incident as “a murder linked to a terrorist organisation” and associated to a “criminal association with terrorists.”
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he referred to as an “Islamist terrorist attack” and urged the nation to face united towards extremism.
Hours later, 4 folks, one a minor, had been detained. Police usually fan out to seek out household and pals of potential suspects in terror circumstances.
Macron visited the varsity the place the instructor labored in the city of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and met with workers after the slaying.
“One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught … the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe,” Macron mentioned.
He mentioned the assault shouldn’t divide France as a result of that’s what the extremists need. “We must stand all together as citizens,” he mentioned.
A police official mentioned the suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun — which fires plastic pellets — was shot lifeless about 600 meters (yards) from the place the male instructor was killed after he failed to answer orders to place down his arms, and acted in a threatening method.
The instructor had acquired threats after opening a dialogue “for a debate” in regards to the caricatures about 10 days in the past, the police official instructed The Associated Press. The guardian of a scholar had filed a grievance towards the instructor, one other police official mentioned, including that the suspected killer didn’t have a toddler on the college.
An ID card was discovered on the scene however police had been verifying the id, the police official mentioned. French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That info couldn’t be instantly confirmed.
(With AP inputs)