Conflans-Saint-Honorine/Eragny, France – A French Middle School teacher named “Samuel P” was decapitated outside of Paris at around 5 p.m. on Friday. A terror investigation has begun. Conflicting reports said he was either decapitated or his throat was slashed, but most reports said the perpetrator posted a gruesome photo of the man’s head just before he was fatally shot by police at around 5:30 p.m. local time. The man was said to be a Chechen that shouted “allahu akbar” as he decapitated the teacher. (Daily Mail)
The history teacher had opened a discussion about “free expression.” He reportedly showed caricatures of Mohammad to his class about 10 days ago, after removing the Muslim students. All except one girl. She told her parents that he showed “naked” pictures of the Prophet to the class.
The Agence Free-Press (AFP) reported,
A man was beheaded at the end of the afternoon in Conflans-Saint-Honorine (Yvelines) and his alleged attacker, seriously injured by police gunshot in the neighboring town of Eragny (Val-d’Oise). The facts took place around 5 p.m., near a school…The investigation was opened for “assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and “criminal terrorist association”. The anti-terrorist sub-directorate (Sdat) of the police and the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) were seized.#AFP…The beheaded man was a history teacher who showed the Muhammad cartoons in class (police source).
The Associated Press also reported,
A police official said the suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun — which fires plastic pellets — was shot dead about 600 meters (yards) from where the male teacher was killed after he failed to respond to orders to put down his arms, and acted in a threatening manner.
The teacher had received threats after opening a discussion “for a debate” about the caricatures about 10 days ago, the police official told The Associated Press. The parent of a student had filed a complaint against the teacher, another police official said, adding that the suspected killer did not have a child at the school…
The suspect’s identity was not made public. French media reported that the suspect was an 18-year-old Chechen, born in Moscow. That information could not be immediately confirmed.
French President Emanuel Macron went to the school where the teacher was employed and promised to “defend” French instructors. France has the largest population of Muslims in Europe at around 5 million, with about 30,000 of them from the Chechen Republic in Russia. The trial of two jihadists linked to the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo began a few weeks ago.
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