A parent who called Allahu Akbar and believed they were wearing an explosive vest was shot dead by French police near Paris after allegedly beheading a school teacher with a knife.
The victim is said to have been a history teacher who infuriated parents by showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
A source told Le Parisien: "The victim recently taught his students a lesson on freedom of expression and showed them the cartoons of Muhammad."
This resulted in an angry parent confronting the teacher with a kitchen knife and then cutting off his head, the source said.
The murdered teacher was later identified as Samuel P, who showed the pictures of the Prophet Mohammed.
The dead suspected terrorist has been described as an 18-year-old who was born in Moscow and had school connections.
A picture of a dead body in the middle of the street was shared online before French counterterrorism prosecutors confirmed they were investigating an attack that beheaded a man on the outskirts of Paris
"He is believed to have a Chechen background," said an investigative source relating to the Republic of the Russian Federation.
The teen posted a gruesome video of the severed head on social media before he was shot by police, the source said.
Thousands of battle-hardened Chechen refugees, including many devout Muslims, came to France in the early 2000s after two bloody wars against Russia. A total of around 30,000 Chechens fled to France, many of whom relocated to the suburbs of large cities such as Paris.
The bloodbath took place on Friday around 5 p.m. (1500 GMT) near a school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb about 40 km from the center of the French capital.
French counter-terrorism prosecutors have confirmed that they are investigating an attack in which a man was beheaded on the outskirts of Paris.
French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Conflans-Sainte-Honorine after an emergency meeting at the Interior Ministry on Friday evening, BFM TV reported.
The victim is said to have been a school teacher who made parents angry by showing the students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
"The body of a decapitated man was found around 5:30 pm," an investigative source said.
"When the police arrived, the person held responsible was still there and threatened them with his guns."
The unknown killer then fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise, about three kilometers away, where he refused to surrender.
"At that point, he waved a gun and continued to threaten the officers," the source said. "At that point he was shot dead by the police. About ten shots could be heard."
Pictured: the armed police stand near a police car on the outskirts of Paris where the attack took place. The first bloodbath took place on Friday in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a suburb about 40 km from the center of the French capital
Pictured: Other emergency services gather after the attack and the subsequent gunfire
Counter-terrorism prosecutors immediately investigated the incident, said the source, who said the attacker was viewed as a "suspected terrorist".
Witnesses watched the man behead his unnamed victim – who was also male – in broad daylight and near a school.
Officers rushed to the scene after the alarm went off and watched the killer run off towards Eragny.
At around 7 p.m., the site of the alleged murder and the place where the murderer himself was shot had been cordoned off.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin "went to the site of the attack," said a spokesman for his ministry, who also confirmed this as a terrorist investigation.
A Twitter thread posted on Oct. 9 contained allegations that a history teacher at Conflan's Sainte-Honorine had shown cartoons allegedly depicting the Prophet Mohammad to students.
The thread included a video of a man who said his daughter, a Muslim woman, was one of the students in the class and she was shocked by the teacher's actions. Reuters was unable to independently verify the authenticity of the video.
A picture shared on Twitter showed police gathering on a street in Eragny-sur-Oise where the alleged terrorist was reportedly shot dead by police after a car chase
The unidentified killer fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise (pictured), about three kilometers from the alleged beheading, where he refused to surrender and was shot by police
France's litany of deadly attacks
Police shot a man near Paris on Wednesday after attacking another person with a knife and beheading the victim, a French police source said. The counterterrorism prosecutor said he was investigating
Here are some of the attacks that have taken place in France in recent years:
- Two people were stabbed and wounded in Paris 25th of September This year near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where Islamic militants carried out a fatal attack in 2015. A man from Pakistan was arrested for the attack.
- 3rd October 2019 – Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old IT specialist with security clearance for work at Paris Police Headquarters, killed three police officers and a civilian employee before he was shot by police. He had converted to Islam about 10 years earlier.
- 23 March 2018 – A rifleman kills three people in southwest France after holding up a car, shooting at the police, taking hostages in a supermarket and yelling "Allahu Akbar". Security forces storm the building and kill him.
- July 26, 2016 – Two attackers kill a priest and severely wound another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot by French police. Francois Hollande, who was France's president at the time, said the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
- July 14, 2016 – A rifleman drives a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice. 86 people were killed and others injured in an attack by the Islamic State. The attacker is identified as a French born in Tunisia.
- June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabs a police commander in front of his house in a Paris suburb and kills his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was responding to an appeal from the Islamic State.
- November 13, 2015 – Paris is rocked by multiple near-simultaneous firearm strikes on entertainment venues in the city, killing 130 people and injuring 368. The Islamic State says it is responsible for the attacks. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three other French.
- 7th to 9th January 2015 – Two militant Islamists break into an editorial meeting of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7th and rake it with bullets, killing 12 people. Another militant killed a policewoman the next day and took hostages in a supermarket on January 9th. Four people are killed before the police shoot him.
The attack follows a terrorism investigation launched in Paris last month after two news agency employees were stabbed to death outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo – the magazine that murdered employees in 2015 after publishing cartoons featuring the Prophet was mocked.
Those on trial are between 29 and 68 years old and charged with providing logistics, including cash, weapons and vehicles, to the terrorists.
Paris-born brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi murdered 12 people using Kalashnikovs in Charlie Hebdo's offices before escaping in a stolen car and later being killed by police.
A third terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, shot dead four shoppers and a policewoman in a kosher supermarket during three days of slaughter before he was also killed.
Charlie Hebdo is now producing its magazine in a top secret location and in September republished the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked outrage in the Muslim world.
There have been a number of bomb, weapon and knife attacks carried out by Islamic state and al-Qaeda activists in France since early 2015
The deadliest terrorist attack ever in the country occurred in November 2015, when 130 people were killed in Paris.
Suicide bombers who pledged their allegiance to ISIS targeted the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the music venue Bataclan, where 90 people died.
Earlier this year, two Paris-born armed men associated with al-Qaida broke into the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, leaving 17 people inside and three outside dead.
In July 2016, 86 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a 19-ton truck was deliberately driven into the crowd on the beach promenade in Nice, southern France.
It turned out that the terrorist was a Tunisian immigrant who was shot by police.
That same month, two Isis terrorists murdered an 86-year-old Catholic priest during a church service in Normandy.
There were frequent knife attacks on the forces of law and order, resulting in the death of the police on duty.
In October last year, a radicalized computer worker working in the Paris prefecture in central Paris stabbed four of his colleagues.
The attacker – who was also shot dead – turned out to be a Muslim convert who kept extremist al-Qaeda and Islamic state literature and pictures on his computer.
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