Suspect in instructor’s beheading in France was Chechen teen – NZ Herald

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Suspect in teacher's beheading in France was Chechen teen - NZ Herald


French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in entrance of the highschool the place a historical past instructor who was beheaded labored. Photograph / AP

A suspect shot lifeless by police after the beheading of a historical past instructor close to Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence companies who posted a grisly declare of duty on social media minutes after the assault, officers mentioned Saturday.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace mentioned authorities investigating the killing of Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday arrested 9 suspects, together with the teenager’s grandfather, mother and father and 17-year-old brother.

Paty had mentioned caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad together with his class, resulting in threats, police officers mentioned. Islam prohibits photos of the prophet, asserting that they result in idolatry. The officers couldn’t be named as a result of they weren’t licensed to debate ongoing investigations.

French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard mentioned an investigation for homicide with a suspected terrorist motive had been opened.

Ricard instructed reporters that the Moscow-born suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency in France as a refugee in March, was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets.

His half-sister joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2014, Ricard mentioned. He did not give her title, and it isn’t clear the place she is now.

Candles are lit outside the school where a slain history teacher was working in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. Photo / AP
Candles are lit outdoors the college the place a slain historical past instructor was working in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. Photograph / AP

The prosecutor mentioned a textual content claiming duty and {a photograph} of the sufferer have been discovered on the suspect’s telephone. He additionally confirmed {that a} Twitter account underneath the title Abdoulakh A belonged to the suspect. It posted a photograph of the decapitated head minutes after the assault together with the message “I’ve executed one of many canine from hell who dared to place Muhammad down.”

Ricard mentioned the suspect had been seen on the faculty asking college students concerning the instructor, and the headmaster had obtained a number of threatening telephone calls.

Mourners marched close to the college in solidarity Saturday, holding indicators that learn “I’m a instructor.” “We’ll decide ourselves up collectively, due to our spirit of solidarity,” mentioned Laurent Brosse, mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

A police official mentioned the suspect was shot lifeless about 600 meters (yards) from the place Paty died. Police opened hearth after he failed to reply to orders to place down his arms and acted in a threatening method. The official couldn’t be named due to the continued investigations.

A person holds a poster reading 'Bleeding', playing with the French word for Teacher, outside the school where a slain history teacher was working. Photo / AP
An individual holds a poster studying ‘Bleeding’, taking part in with the French phrase for Instructor, outdoors the college the place a slain historical past instructor was working. Photograph / AP

French President Emmanuel Macron went to the college on Friday evening to denounce what he referred to as an “Islamist terrorist assault.” He urged the nation to face united in opposition to extremism.

“One among our compatriots was murdered right now as a result of he taught … the liberty of expression, the liberty to consider or not consider,” Macron mentioned.

The presidential Elysee Palace introduced that there might be a nationwide ceremony at a future date in homage to Paty.

In a video posted lately on Twitter, a person describing himself as the daddy of a scholar asserted that Paty had proven a picture of a unadorned man and instructed college students it was “the prophet of the Muslims.”

Earlier than displaying the photographs, the instructor requested Muslim youngsters to lift their arms and depart the room as a result of he deliberate to indicate one thing surprising, the person mentioned. “What was the message he needed to ship these youngsters? What is that this hate?” the person requested. The AP has not been in a position to independently verify these claims.

Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim Russian republic within the North Caucasus. Two wars within the Nineties triggered a wave of emigration, with many Chechens heading for western Europe. France has provided asylum to many Chechens for the reason that Russian navy waged warfare in opposition to Islamist separatists in Chechnya within the Nineties and early 2000s.

Chechnya’s strongman regional chief Ramzan Kadyrov, who has used huge federal subsidies to rebuild the province and squelched any resistance together with his feared safety forces, condemned the instructor’s killing but in addition warned in opposition to insulting the sentiments of Muslims.

“We condemn this act of terror and provide our condolences to the kinfolk of the person who was killed,” Kadyrov mentioned on his weblog. “Whereas talking out categorically in opposition to any manifestation of terrorism, I additionally urge to not provoke believers, to not offend their non secular emotions.”

French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in front of the high school where a history teacher who was beheaded worked. Photo / AP
French President Emmanuel Macron, flanked by French Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin, second left, speaks in entrance of the highschool the place a historical past instructor who was beheaded labored. Photograph / AP

He went on to criticise French society for what he described as manifestations of “provocative” disrespect for Islamic values. “When France has a correct state establishment of inter-ethnic and inter-faith relations, then the nation could have a wholesome society.”
Kadyrov famous that the Chechen suspect solely visited the area as soon as when he was 2 years outdated.

That is the second time in three weeks that terror has struck France linked to caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Final month, a younger man from Pakistan was arrested after attacking two individuals with a meat cleaver outdoors the previous Charlie Hebdo workplaces.

The weekly was the goal of a lethal newsroom assault in 2015, and it republished caricatures of the prophet this month to underscore the correct to freedom of data as a trial opened linked to that assault.

Friday’s terror assault got here as Macron’s authorities works on a invoice to deal with Islamic radicals, who authorities declare are making a parallel society outdoors the values of the French Republic.

– AP



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