Teenager of Chechen origin suspected of decapitating instructor in ‘Islamist assault’ in Paris suburb

The alleged attacker, Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch A., was shot useless by police on Friday afternoon in Éragny, the identical space the place the physique of Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old historical past and geography instructor at Faculty du Bois d’Aulne, was discovered.

In accordance with nationwide anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard, the attacker approached college students exterior the college within the northwestern Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine earlier on Friday, asking them to level out his sufferer.

Paty was attacked on his means house, in accordance with Ricard.

Abouyezidovitch, who was not identified to intelligence providers, was a resident of Evreux, a city exterior of Paris and somewhat over an hour’s drive from the scene of the assault. He claimed accountability for the assault on Twitter, Ricard mentioned.

Ricard didn’t say whether or not the attacker had at any time attended the highschool the place the sufferer labored.

French Schooling Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer mentioned Saturday that Paty was murdered “for educating a category that needed to do with one of many pillars of democracy — freedom of expression.”

“Samuel Paty embodied our Republic’s most noble asset: its faculties. He was cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We might be united, agency and resolute,” Blanquer wrote in a tweet.

Paris police station targeted in 'violent attack'
Ricard mentioned the investigation has revealed Paty had organized a lesson on freedom of expression across the caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed revealed by the satirical journal Charlie Hebdo. The satirical cartoons had been initially revealed by a Danish newspaper in 2005, after which republished by Charlie Hebdo in 2006. In January 2015, a complete of 17 individuals had been murdered in a terror assault that began in Charlie Hebdo’s places of work and lasted three days. Friday’s assault comes as a trial with 14 individuals allegedly concerned within the assaults continues. It started in Paris final month.

On October 7, the daddy of one in every of Paty’s pupils used Fb to name for motion in opposition to Paty, whom he named instantly, asking for his dismissal from the college. He had filed a grievance in opposition to Paty on October 8 and revealed a video on YouTube concentrating on the instructor on October 12, the prosecutor mentioned.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks in front of the slain teacher's school in Conflans Sainte-Honorine.

Paty had in flip filed a grievance for defamation, the prosecutor mentioned.

The daddy and eight different individuals have been taken into custody, Ricard mentioned. He added {that a} sister-in-law of the daddy, who remained unnamed, “had joined the Islamic State Group in 2014 in Syria and is, as such, the topic of a search warrant by an anti-terrorist investigating decide.”

A French judicial supply informed CNN earlier that the 9 individuals taken in for questioning included the suspect’s dad and mom, grandfather and brother.

Charlie Hebdo terror trial begins in Paris, five years after deadly attacks

French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the instructor was a “sufferer of an Islamist assault.” Talking on the scene of the assault, Macron mentioned the educator was “killed as a result of he was educating college students freedom of speech, the liberty to imagine and never imagine.”

Nordine Chaouadi, a mother or father of one of many pupils on the faculty, informed Agence France-Presse that the instructor had taken the Muslim kids out of the category earlier than exhibiting the caricatures. “My son informed me that it was simply to protect them, it was out of pure kindness, as a result of he needed to present a caricature of the prophet of Islam and easily mentioned to the Muslim kids: ‘Exit, I do not need it to harm your emotions.’ That is what my son informed me,” he mentioned.

Inside Minister Gerald Darmamin mentioned on Twitter that he was “conserving himself instantly knowledgeable” of the scenario “from the disaster room (he) had opened, in liaison with the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister.”

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