A suspect shot lifeless by police after the ugly beheading of a historical past instructor in an assault close to Paris Friday was an 18-year-old Chechen, police mentioned.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace mentioned that authorities investigating the horrific killing of the person in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine have additionally arrested 9 suspects, together with the grandparents, mother and father and 17-year-old brother of the attacker.
The instructor had mentioned caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad along with his class, authorities mentioned.
Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim Russian republic within the North Caucasus. Two wars within the 1990s triggered a wave of emigration, with many Chechens heading for western Europe.
France has seen occasional violence involving its Chechen group in latest months, believed linked to native prison exercise and score-settling.
A police official mentioned the suspect in Friday’s assault armed was shot lifeless about 600 meters (yards) from the place the instructor was killed. He was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun — which fires plastic pellets — and police opened fireplace after he failed to reply to orders to place down his arms, and acted in a threatening method.
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived rapidly on the college on Friday evening to denounce what he known as an “Islamist terrorist assault.” He urged the nation to face united in opposition to extremism.
“Certainly one of our compatriots was murdered at this time as a result of he taught … the liberty of expression, the liberty to consider or not consider,” Macron mentioned.
The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for homicide with a suspected terrorist motive, the prosecutor’s workplace mentioned.
It’s the second time in three weeks that terror has struck France linked to caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Final month, a younger man from Pakistan was arrested after stabbing two individuals with a meat cleaver outdoors the previous places of work of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The weekly was the goal of a lethal newsroom assault in 2015, and it republished caricatures of the prophet this month to underscore the fitting to freedom of data as a trial opened linked to that assault.
Friday’s terror assault got here as Macron’s authorities works on a invoice to handle Islamic radicals, who authorities declare are making a parallel society outdoors the values of the French Republic. France has the most important Muslim inhabitants in Western Europe with as much as 5 million members, and Islam is the nation’s No. 2 faith.
The instructor had acquired threats after opening a dialogue “for a debate” in regards to the caricatures about 10 days in the past, a police official instructed The Related Press. The dad or mum of a pupil had filed a grievance in opposition to the instructor, one other police official mentioned.