Suspect in French beheading horror was Chechen teenager

Clay Curtis
October 19, 2020

The attacker was shot dead by police minutes after the attack, which came weeks after the teacher showed his students caricatures of Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression. "Terrorists will not divide France, obscurantism will not win", Macron said after visiting the scene Friday.

The victim was beheaded, authorities stated.

Samuel Paty, who had recently shown students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, was beheaded outside his school.

The lesson sparked complaints from several parents.

The beheading of history teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb on Friday had sparked outrage in France and memories of a wave of Islamist violence in 2015 sparked by caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed published by the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The magazine said last month it republished the images to assert its right to freedom of expression, and to show it would not be cowed into silence by violent attacks.

Martial Lusiela, 15, told NBC News he was "shocked" by Friday afternoon's attack in the middle-class suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, north-west of the French capital.

Paty, was a 47-year-old father who taught at Bois-d'Aulne College in Conflans-Saint-Honorine.

The suspect had actually asked students in front of the school to help him recognize the victim, according to authorities. Moscow for its part insisted via its embassy in Paris on the fact that "this crime had nothing to do with Russia", the young man having left the minor country.

After being caught by the police, the knifeman was shot ten times due to his threats to the officers, and died shortly after.

As police approached him, he fired at them with an airgun.

Floral tributes to Samuel Paty the French teacher who was beheaded on the streets of the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine
Floral tributes to Samuel Paty are seen at the Place de la Republique in Lille France Oct. 18 2020

Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said on Saturday that the photograph was accompanied by a message claiming responsibility for the attack, and was discovered on the assailant's phone found near his body.

"From Abdullah, the servant of Allah, to Macron, the leader of the infidels, I executed one of your hell dogs who dared to belittle Muhammad", the Tweet said. The account has since been suspended.

Four relatives of the suspected attacker - his parents, grandfather and 17-year old brother - were arrested in northern France's l'Eure, 100 km from the attack site.

The father of one schoolgirl had launched an online call for "mobilization" against the teacher and had sought his dismissal from the school. The second man's partner was likewise taken in for questioning.

Hundreds more assembled in Nice on the south coast, where a man rammed a truck into a crowd on the July 14 national holiday in 2016, killing 86 people.

Macron guaranteed a quick reaction from the federal government on Friday.

"Without them, there are no citizens".

Prime Minister Jean Castex told the Journal du Dimanche to work on "an even stronger, faster and more effective response strategy when a teacher is threatened".

Martial, a 16-year-old pupil, said that Paty had loved his job, adding, 'He really wanted to teach us things'. "I think tonight of him, of his family".

The beheading has upset moderate French Muslims, and a group of imams in the Lyon region held a special meeting to discuss what the group called "the appalling assassination of our compatriot by a terrorist who in the name of an uncertain faith committed the irreparable". "We will stand up".

On the list are 180 people now in prison and another 51 individuals who will be arrested shortly, officials said.

Of note, the following week is Thanksgiving, so it seems unlikely that the event would be later than Prosser's prediction. Apple could also reserve the new chips for its high-end PCs initially while using Intel power for the affordable models.

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