Teenager requested pupils to determine French instructor earlier than beheading him

Teenager asked pupils to identify French teacher before beheading him

By Reuters Time of article published4h in the past

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Paris/Conflans-Sainte-Honorine – {The teenager} who beheaded a instructor exterior the varsity in a Paris suburb the place he taught had approached pupils on the street and requested them to level out his sufferer, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard stated on Saturday.

Police shot lifeless the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old historical past instructor Samuel Paty in broad daylight in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday.

{A photograph} of the instructor’s physique, accompanied by a message claiming duty posted on Twitter, was found on the assailant’s cellphone, discovered close to his physique. Ricard stated the Twitter account belonged to the attacker.

The publish was eliminated swiftly by Twitter, which stated it had suspended the account as a result of it violated the corporate’s coverage.

Ricard quoted the message as saying: “Within the title of Allah probably the most gracious, probably the most merciful, … to (President Emmanuel) Macron, chief of the infidels, I’ve executed one in every of your hell-hounds who dared to belittle (Prophet) Mohammad.”

Earlier this month Paty had proven his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a category on freedom of expression, angering numerous Muslim mother and father. Muslims imagine that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.

The attacker, of Chechen origin, had been residing within the city of Evreux northwest of Paris, and was not beforehand identified to the intelligence providers, Ricard instructed a information convention.

The killing shocked the nation and carried echoes of an assault 5 years in the past on the workplaces of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo. Prime Minister Jean Castex stated it bore the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism.

“I wish to share with you my complete indignation. Secularism, the spine of the French Republic, was focused on this vile act,” Castex stated.

Unions, anti-racism teams and Charlie Hebdo are organising a gathering in central Paris on Sunday to commemorate the murdered instructor.

A nationwide tribute will likely be organised for Wednesday, Macron’s workplace stated.


4 shut family members of the attacker had been detained quickly after the assault. 5 extra had been detained in a single day, together with the daddy of a pupil at Paty’s faculty, Faculty du Bois d’Aulne, and an acquaintance of the pupil’s father identified to the intelligence providers, the anti-terrorism prosecutor stated.

A tenth individual was positioned in custody in reference to the assault in a while Saturday, BFM TV stated, citing judicial sources.

Within the days after the lesson on freedom of expression, the pupil’s father recorded a number of movies during which he branded the instructor a thug and referred to as for him to be fired. In a single, he urged others to “be a part of forces and say ‘cease, do not contact our youngsters'”.

The movies the place shared on social media.

The half-sister of the pupil’s father had joined Islamic State in Syria in 2014, the prosecutor stated. It was not instantly clear if the teenage attacker knew both the pupil’s father or the daddy’s acquaintance.

Mother and father of pupils laid flowers on the faculty gate. Some stated their youngsters had been distraught.

“(My daughter) is in items, terrorised by the violence of such an act. How will I clarify to her the unthinkable?” one father wrote on Twitter.

In an outpouring of grief, the hashtag #JeSuisSamuel (I’m Samuel) trended on social media, just like the #JeSuisCharlie name for solidarity after the assault on Charlie Hebdo in 2015.

Earlier than that assault, Charlie Hebdo had printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, unleashing divisions that also solid a pall over French society.

Muslim leaders condemned Friday’s killing, which many public figures perceived as an assault on the essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of worship and freedom of expression.

Lethal assaults by Islamist militants or their sympathisers was devastating for France’s Muslim neighborhood, Tareq Oubrou, the imam of a Bordeaux mosque, stated.

“We’re between hammer and anvil,” he instructed France Inter radio. “It assaults the Republic, society, peace and the very essence of faith, which is about togetherness.”

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