PARIS: For the second time in three weeks, terror struck France, this time with the ugly beheading of a historical past instructor in a avenue in a Paris suburb. The suspected attacker was shot and killed by police.
French President Emmanuel Macron denounced what he known as an Islamist terrorist assault and urged the nation to face united towards extremism. The instructor had mentioned caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad together with his class, authorities mentioned.
The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for homicide with a suspected terrorist motive. 4 individuals, one a minor, have been detained hours later, the workplace of anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard mentioned with out elaborating. Police usually fan out to seek out household and associates of potential suspects in terror instances.
Macron visited the varsity the place the instructor labored within the city of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and met with employees after the slaying. An Related Press reporter noticed three ambulances on the scene, and closely armed police surrounding the realm and police vans lining leafy close by streets.
Certainly one of our compatriots was murdered at present as a result of he taught … the liberty of expression, the liberty to imagine or not imagine, Macron mentioned.
He mentioned the assault shouldnt divide France as a result of thats what the extremists need. We should stand all collectively as residents, he mentioned.
The incident got here as Macrons authorities works on a invoice to deal with Islamist radicals who authorities declare are making a parallel society outdoors the values of the French Republic. France has the biggest Muslim inhabitants in Western Europe with as much as 5 million members, and Islam is the countrys No. 2 faith.
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 Related Press. The guardian of a pupil had filed a grievance towards the instructor, one other police official mentioned, including that the suspected killer didn’t have a baby on the faculty.
An ID card was discovered on the scene however police have been verifying the identification, the police official mentioned. French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That data couldn’t be instantly confirmed.
France has seen occasional violence involving its Chechen group in latest months, within the Dijon area, the Mediterranean metropolis of Good, and the western city of Saint-Dizier, believed linked to native prison exercise.
It was not recognized what hyperlink, if any, the attacker may need with the instructor or whether or not he had accomplices. Police have been fanning out on searches of houses and potential household and associates of the person in query, the police official mentioned.
The 2 officers couldn’t be named as a result of they weren’t approved to debate ongoing investigations.
We didn’t see this coming, Conflans resident Remi Inform, who as a baby had attended the Bois D’Aulne center faculty, mentioned on CNews TV station. He described the city as peaceable.
It was the second terrorism-related incident because the opening of an ongoing trial for the January 2015 newsroom bloodbath on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had printed caricatures of the prophet of Islam.
Because the trial began, the paper republished caricatures of the prophet to underscore the correct of freedom of expression. Rapidly, a younger man from Pakistan was arrested after stabbing two individuals with a meat cleaver outdoors the newspaper’s former places of work. They didn’t undergo threatening accidents.The 18-year-old instructed police he was upset in regards to the publication of the caricatures.
In a video posted lately on social media, a person describing himself as a father on the faculty mentioned the instructor who was slain had lately proven an offensive picture of a person and instructed college students it was the prophet of the Muslims. Earlier than exhibiting the pictures, the instructor requested Muslim youngsters to depart the room as a result of he deliberate to indicate one thing surprising, the person mentioned.
What was the message he wished to ship these youngsters? … Why does a historical past instructor behave this manner in entrance of 13-year-olds? the person requested. He known as on different offended mother and father to contact him, and relay the message.
Michel Euler in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, Angela Charlton in Paris and Nicolas Vaux-Montagny in Lyon contributed to this report.
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