Officials said on Saturday that after a history teacher was brutally beheaded in an attack near Paris, an 18-year-old Moscow Chechen refugee was shot dead by the police.
The French Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office said that the authorities investigated the killing of Samuel Paty at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday, and the authorities also arrested 9 suspects, including the teenager. Grandfather, parents and 17-year-old brother.
Police officials said that Patty had discussed the cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad with the class, which led to threats and complaints from parents. Islam prohibits images of prophets, claiming that they lead to idolatry. Officials cannot be appointed because they do not have the right to discuss the ongoing investigation.
French counter-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard (Jean-Francois Ricard) said that an investigation has been launched to investigate suspected terrorist-motive murders.
Ricard told reporters that the suspect was granted ten-year residency in France in March, but is not known to intelligence agencies. He holds a knife and air gun, which can shoot plastic particles.
The prosecutor said that the text of the claim for compensation and a photo of the victim were found on the suspect̵
The French leader expressed a message of sadness and hope after the death.
Conflans-Sainte-Honorine Mayor Laurent Brosse said: “Because of our spirit of solidarity, we will unite.”
Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said in a video message: “We have all been affected by this despicable assassination.
The mourners marched in unity near the school, holding slogans marked “I am a teacher”.
A policeman said that the suspect was shot about 600 meters (yards) after Patty’s death. After he did not respond to the order to lower the weapon and took threatening action, the police opened fire. Due to ongoing investigations, the official’s name could not be disclosed.
French President Emmanuel Macron went to school on Friday night to condemn what he called an “Islamic terrorist attack.” He urged the nation to unite against extremism.
Macron said: “Today, one of our countrymen was murdered because he taught… freedom of expression, freedom of belief or disbelief.”
President Elysee Palace (Elysee Palace) announced on Saturday that a national celebration will be held on a certain date in the future to pay tribute to Patty. So far, there are few details about Patty.
In a video posted recently on Twitter, a man who claimed to be the father of the student claimed that Patty showed a portrait of a naked man and told the student that he was a “Muslim prophet.”
The man said that before showing the image, the teacher asked the Muslim children to raise their hands and leave the room because he planned to show something shocking. “What message does he want to send to these children? What kind of hatred is this?” the man asked. AP cannot independently confirm these statements.
The Chechen Republic is the main Muslim Russian republic in the North Caucasus. Two wars in the 1990s triggered a wave of immigration, and many Chechens went to Western Europe. Since the Russian military launched a war against Islamic separatists in Chechnya in the 1990s and early 2000s, France has provided asylum to many Chechens.
France has seen occasional violent incidents in the Chechen community in recent months, which are believed to be related to local criminal activities and score settlement.
This is the second time in three weeks that the terrorist attack on France is related to the comics of the Prophet Muhammad. Last month, a young man from Pakistan was arrested after attacking two people with a meat cleaver outside the front office of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The weekly was the target of a 2015 deadly newsroom attack and republished the prophet’s caricature this month to emphasize the right to freedom of information at the beginning of the trial related to the attack.
The terrorist attack on Friday came as the Macron government was enacting a bill against Islamic radicals. The authorities said that Islamic radicals were building a parallel society outside of the values of the French Republic.