After a teacher was beheaded in front of a Parisian school, an 18-year-old student is an alleged perpetrator. The victim is said to have shown caricatures of Mohammed in class.

The apparently Islamist attack on a history teacher near Paris was committed by an 18-year-old Russian of Chechen descent. According to information from the judiciary, an identification document was found in the young man, according to which he was born in Moscow in 2002. The decapitation of the teacher on Friday at a school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine caused a stir in France. Nine people were taken into custody on Saturday in connection with the attack.

The attacker, who was shot by police near the crime scene northwest of Paris, has not yet been prosecuted or registered in France for radicalization. Several family members of the perpetrator were taken into custody on Friday evening. According to information from legal circles, five other people were later arrested, including the father of a student who allegedly argued with the teacher about his lessons. The father had complained on the Internet that the teacher had shown his students naked Mohammed cartoons.

Teacher showed Mohammed cartoons in class

The 40-year-old history teacher had dealt with the topic of freedom of speech in class with his students, using controversial caricatures. He was beheaded in the street near the school and the perpetrator is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) after the crime. On Saturday morning there were countless flowers in front of the victim’s school. The teacher was much appreciated for his kindness and courtesy, Nordine Chaouadi, the mother of a student, told AFP news agency.

Police are also investigating a Twitter post that allegedly showed a photo of the teacher’s head. The tweet is now blocked. It is not clear whether the message below the photo, which threatens French President Emmanuel Macron as “leader of the infidels”, was sent by the attacker himself.

The counter-terrorism prosecutor is investigating

According to President Macron, the attack is “clearly” an “Islamist terrorist attack”. The anti-terror prosecutor has been investigating murder in connection with a terrorist act and a “criminal terrorist organization” since Friday.

When Macron spoke briefly to school on Friday night, he said, “You can’t get through. You don’t divide us. ‘ The teacher was murdered for teaching his students “freedom of speech and the freedom to believe and not to believe”.

Mohammed caricatures repeatedly lead to violence

Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas (SPD) and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen also condemned the fatal attack. “We must never let ourselves be intimidated by terror, extremism and violence,” Maas wrote on Twitter. Von der Leyen stressed the importance of teachers in democracy.

In September, there was a knife attack with two injured in Paris over the reissue of the controversial Mohammed cartoons in the satirical newspaper “Charlie Hebdo”. The known perpetrator is a 25-year-old Pakistani who claims to have acted out of anger at the image of the prophet.

The satirical newspaper expressed a “sense of horror and outrage” on Twitter after the latest crime. Intolerance has “just crossed a new threshold”. In January 2015, Islamists carried out an attack on the Charlie Hebdo editorial team in Paris, killing 12 people. The trial of the alleged helpers of the hitmen is currently underway in Paris.

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