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Paris (AP) — A suspect was shot dead by police after a history teacher shook his head horribly in an attack …
Paris (AP) — A Moscow-born 18-year-old Chechen refugee was the suspect shot dead by police after a horrifying neck of a history teacher in an attack near Paris, officials said Saturday.
The French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said authorities investigating Samuel Patty’s murder in Confrancant Honorin on Friday also arrested nine suspects, including a teenage grandfather, parents and a 17-year-old brother.
According to police officials, Patty talked with the class about a portrait of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, leading to intimidation and parental complaints. Islam bans images of prophets, claiming they lead to idolatry. They were unable to appoint officials because they were not authorized to discuss ongoing investigations.
French anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricardo said an investigation into a murder suspected of motivating terrorism had begun.
Ricardo told reporters that he had lived in France for 10 years as a refugee in March and was armed with an airsoft gun that fired knives and plastic pellets, a suspect unknown to intelligence agencies.
The prosecution said the suspect’s phone had found a text claiming responsibility and a photo of the victim. According to Ricard, the suspect was seen asking students about the teacher at school, and the principal received several threatening phone calls.
French leaders provided a message of hope as well as sadness after the murder.
“Thanks to the spirit of solidarity, we will stand together,” said Laurent Bros, Mayor of Confran Santo Honorin.
“We are all affected and impressed by this sneaky assassination,” Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanker said in a video message.
The mourners marched in solidarity near the school and carried a sign saying “I am a teacher.”
Police officials said the suspect was shot dead about 600 meters (yards) from where Patty died. Police did not respond to the order he lowered his arm and fired after acting threateningly. No personnel could be appointed as the investigation is underway.
French President Emmanuel Macron went to school on Friday night and accused him of what he called a “Terrorist attack on Muslims.” He urged the country to stand united against extremism.
“One of our compatriots was killed today because he taught freedom of expression, freedom of belief or disbelief,” Macron said.
President Elysee Palace announced on Saturday that a national ceremony will be held in the future in honor of Patty, but so far little details have been revealed.
In a video recently posted on Twitter, a man who describes himself as the student’s father claims that Patty showed an image of a naked man and told the student that it was a “Muslim prophet.” did.
Before displaying the image, the man planned to show the Muslim children something shocking, so he asked him to raise his hand and leave the room. “What was the message he wanted to send to these children? What is this hatred?” The man asked. AP was unable to independently confirm these claims.
Chechnya is a predominantly Islamic Russian Republic in the North Caucasus. The two wars of the 1990s caused a wave of immigrants, with many Chechens heading to Western Europe. France has offered asylum to many Chechnyas since Russian troops wage war with Islamist separatists in Chechnya in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In France, there have been occasional violence involving the Chechen community in recent months. This is believed to be related to local criminal activity and scoring.
France was attacked by terrorism in connection with the portrait of the Prophet Muhammad for the second time in three weeks. Last month, a young Pakistani man was arrested after attacking two people with a butcher knife outside the old office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper.
The weekly magazine was the target of a deadly newsroom attack in 2015, and this month reissued a portrait of the Prophet to emphasize the right to freedom of information as a trial held in connection with the attack.
The terrorist attack on Friday occurred while the Macron government was working on a bill to deal with Islamic extremists. Islamic extremists claim that authorities are building parallel societies outside the values of the French Republic.
Elaine Ganley contributed to this report.
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