After a teacher was beheaded in front of a Parisian school, an 18-year-old student is an alleged perpetrator. Nine people around him were arrested. Have you been in contact with terrorists?
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 the police near the crime scene northwest of Paris, has not yet been registered in France for radicalization. He was known to the police for criminal offenses, for which he was not convicted, the prosecutor said Saturday. According to the Russian embassy, the attacker had no ties to Russia because he lived in France for 12 years.
After the teacher was killed, the attacker posted a photo of the victim online and sent a message to French President Emmanuel Macron, who he described as the “leader of the infidels.” “I executed one of your hellhounds who dared to belittle Mohammed.”
Those arrested seem to have links to Islamists
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 showed his students caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The half-sister of the arrested person is said to have moved to Syria for the jihadist militia of the Islamic State (IS).
According to researchers, there is also an Islamist activist among those detained. He is said to have applied for the teacher’s release along with the arrested father.
Teacher showed Mohammed cartoons in class
The 47-year-old history teacher had addressed the subject 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, said Nordine Chaouadi, the mother of a student at AFP news agency.
The Prosecution did not disclose whether the alleged assailant had ever been a student at the victim’s school. According to the information, he had shortly afterwards published a revenge action on the short messaging service Twitter.
Macron: “They won’t divide us”
In the words of President Emmanuel Macron, the attack is “clearly” an “Islamist terrorist attack.” The counter-terrorism prosecutor has been investigating “murder” in connection with a terrorist act and for 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”.
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 in the short Twitter message service on Saturday. Von der Leyen stressed the importance of teachers in democracy.
Editing of satirical newspapers is repeatedly a target of terror
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” after the latest act on the online Twitter service. In January 2015, Islamists carried out an attack on the Charlie Hebdo editorial team in Paris, killing 12 people.