A French highschool historical past instructor who confirmed his college students caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad was beheaded in the present day, October 16, in the suburbs of Paris, authorities mentioned. The suspected killer was shot and killed by police.
The grotesque homicide of the instructor occurred exterior of a highschool in the city of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. The suspect, a person armed with a knife and an airsoft gun (a toy gun that shoots plastic pellets), was caught and killed in the close by city of Eragny.
Police mentioned that the suspect, whose identification has not been made public, resisted arrest and threatened officers earlier than he was shot 10 times. France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation on the circumstances of the homicide.
President Emmanuel Macron, who arrived on the scene in the present day, labeled the homicide an “Islamist terrorist attack.”
“One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught … the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe,” Macron said. He known as for unity in the nation, saying, “We must stand all together as citizens.”
The Associated Press (AP) reported the instructor acquired threats after permitting a debate concerning the cartoons in class about 10 days in the past. Officials informed the AP that one scholar’s father or mother filed a grievance in opposition to the instructor, however the suspected killer didn’t have a toddler on the faculty.
This incident comes amid the trial of suspected accomplices in the lethal terrorist assault on Charlie Hebdo‘s Paris headquarters in 2015. On September 2, the French satirical paper reprinted its controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a particular version that additionally named the 11 victims of the 2015 assault.