A historical past instructor who had proven caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed at school was on Friday decapitated and his assailant shot lifeless by French police as they tried to arrest him, police and prosecutors mentioned.
French anti-terror prosecutors mentioned they have been investigating the assault which occurred on the outskirts of Paris at round 5 pm (1500 GMT) close to a faculty in Conflans Saint-Honorine, a western suburb of the French capital.
In keeping with a police supply, the sufferer was a historical past instructor who lately mentioned caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed at school.
Prosecutors mentioned they have been treating the incident as “a homicide linked to a terrorist organisation” and associated to a “prison affiliation with terrorists”.
The allegations are just like prices introduced final month in opposition to a 25-year outdated Pakistani man who wounded two individuals in a meat cleaver assault to avenge the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
The attacker significantly injured two staff of a TV manufacturing company, whose places of work are on the identical block that used to accommodate Charlie Hebdo. Each survived.
That assault got here three weeks into an ongoing trial of suspected accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 assaults on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store, which additionally noticed a policewoman gunned down on the street.
Seventeen individuals have been killed within the three-day spree that heralded a wave of Islamist violence in France that has to this point claimed greater than 250 lives.
The trial has sparked protests throughout France, with 1000’s of demonstrators rallying in opposition to Charlie Hebdo and the French authorities.
Police on Friday arrived on the scene after receiving a name a couple of suspicious particular person loitering close to the college, a police supply mentioned.
There they discovered the lifeless man and close by sighted the suspect armed with a knife-like weapon who threatened them as they tried to arrest him.
They opened hearth and injured him severely, the supply mentioned. He later died of his accidents, a judicial supply mentioned.
The scene has been cordoned off and a bomb disposal unit dispatched due to the suspected presence of an explosives vest, the police supply mentioned.
Inside Minister Gerald Darmanin, on a go to to Morocco, is returning to Paris instantly after speaking with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, his workplace mentioned.
Macron was to hitch key ministers at a disaster group arrange within the inside ministry, the president’s workplace mentioned.
The assault comes solely days after a follower of the Islamic State terrorist group who attacked a police officer exterior Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris with a hammer was sentenced to twenty-eight years in jail.
Farid Ikken, 43, charged at officers on patrol exterior the cathedral on June 6, 2017, shouting “that is for Syria”.