Authorities have identified an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee as the suspect in a beheading of a schoolteacher in France that the country’s president has called an “Islamist attack,” numerous sources reported.
Abdoullakh Aboutezidovitch is suspected to have decapitated Samuel Paty, 47, a history and geography teacher at a secondary school in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine area, according to NBC News. The suspect used a large kitchen knife. France’s anti-terror prosecutor’s office has taken over the investigation of the Friday attack.
French police shot the attacker dead, and nine people, including the suspect’s parents, grandfather and brother, have been taken in for questioning. Four people, including a minor, have been arrested, the Guardian reported. Anti-terror prosecutors said they were treating the killing as an “assassination in connection with a terrorist organisation.”
Paty, who teaches civics, was reportedly targeted after showing students the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, published by the Charlie Hebdo satire magazine in 2015, during a lesson on freedom of speech. Some Muslim parents complained to the school about the teacher’s decision to use one or more cartoons as part of a discussion on the Charlie Hebdo attacks, French newspaper Le Monde reported, according to CNN.
“One of our compatriots was assassinated today because he taught. He taught his students about freedom of expression, freedom to believe or not believe. It was a cowardly attack. He was the victim of a terrorist Islamist attack,” French President Emmanuel Macron said during a visit where the murdered teacher worked, the Guardian reported.
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