Paris: For the second time in three weeks, terror struck France, this time with the grotesque beheading of a historical past trainer 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 attack” and urged the nation to face united towards extremism. The trainer had mentioned caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad along 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 mates of potential suspects in terror circumstances.
Macron visited the varsity the place the trainer labored within the city of Conflans-Saint-Honorine and met with workers 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.
“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.
The incident got here as the federal government works on a invoice to deal with Islamist radicals who authorities declare are making a parallel society exterior 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 nation’s 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 trainer was killed after he failed to answer orders to place down his arms, and acted in a threatening method.
The trainer had obtained threats after opening a dialogue “for a debate” in regards to the caricatures about 10 days in the past, the police official advised The Related Press. The mum or dad of a pupil had filed a criticism towards the trainer, one other police official mentioned, including that the suspected killer didn’t have a toddler on the faculty.
An ID card was discovered on the scene however police have been verifying the id, 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 neighborhood in current 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 identified what hyperlink, if any, the attacker may need with the trainer or whether or not he had accomplices. Police have been fanning out on searches of properties and potential household and mates 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 toddler 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 for the reason that 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 best of freedom of expression. Shortly, a younger man from Pakistan was arrested after stabbing two individuals with a meat cleaver exterior the newspaper’s former places of work. They didn’t endure threatening accidents.The 18-year-old advised police he was upset in regards to the publication of the caricatures.
In a video posted just lately on social media, a person describing himself as a father on the faculty mentioned the trainer who was slain had just lately proven an offensive picture of a person and advised college students it was “the prophet of the Muslims.” Earlier than displaying the pictures, the trainer 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 wanted to send these children? … Why does a history teacher behave this way in front of 13-year-olds?” the person requested. He known as on different offended dad and mom to contact him, and relay the message.