Killer who decapitated teacher ‘over Muhammad cartoon’ ‘posted horror pic of victim’ – World News

A killer who decapitated a teacher in France posted an horrific photo of the victim before he was shot dead by police, according to reports.

The suspect stabbed the middle school history teacher to death in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a residential suburb north-west of Paris on Friday afternoon in a brutal terror attack.

The 47-year-old teacher was killed near the school, where earlier this month he had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, French officials said on Friday.

Showing or creating cartoons of Prophet Muhammad is considered blasphemous by Muslims and has previously been the cause of terrorist attacks in France, when extremists targeted the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Police shot the suspect, believed to be an 18-year-old born in Moscow, dead just a few miles from the scene of the stabbing.

The teacher was killed near the school where he worked

He was heard shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ – Arabic for God is the Greatest – before posting the gruesome image on social media, it’s claimed, along with a threat in French to those who “insult” the prophet Muhammad.

The account has since been suspended.

After the attack on the history teacher, the killer fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise, around two miles away, where he refused to surrender, while waving a kitchen knife in the air.

“The body of the decapitated man was found at around 5.30 in the afternoon,” said an investigating source.

“When police arrived, the person responsible was still present and threatened them with his weapons.”

The attack happened at around 5pm near a school in Conflans Saint-Honorine

“He was waving his weapon by this time and further threatened officers,” said the source.

“This is when he was shot dead by police. Around ten shots were heard.”

Anti-terrorist prosecutors immediately began investigating the incident and linked it with radical Islamism.

French President Emmanuel Macron told reporters at the scene of the attack: “One of our fellow citizens was assassinated today because he was teaching, he was teaching pupils about freedom of expression.

“Our compatriot was flagrantly attacked, was the victim of an Islamist terrorist attack.

“They won’t win. We will act. Firmly, And quickly. You can count on my determination.”

The killer was later shot dead by police

The teacher, identified by French media as Samuel P, had enraged parents by displaying cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to pupils at his school.

Formal complaints had been made about him, including by one parent who published a video expressing his anger.

A Twitter thread posted on October 9 contained a video of a man who said his Muslim daughter was one of the pupils in the class, and that she was shocked and upset by the teacher’s actions.

The man in the video urged Twitter users to complain to the authorities and get the teacher removed from his post.

Nordine Chaouadi told Reuters he was the father of a 13-year-old pupil who attended the civics class given by the
teacher, whom parents gathered outside the college referred to as Mr Paty.

An anti-terrorism investigation was launched after the attack

The teacher had asked pupils who were Muslim to raise their hands and invited them to leave, advising them he would be showing a caricature of Mohammad that might cause offence, said Chaouadi.

“He did it to protect the children, not to shock them,” added Chaouadi.

A source told Le Parisien: “The victim had recently given a lesson to his students on freedom of expression and had shown the caricatures of Muhammad.”

The attack comes after two journalists were stabbed outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo last month.

The magazine was first targeted in 2015, when 12 staff members were murdered after publishing cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

The magazine, which now operates from a secret location, had re-published the cartoons sparking renewed criticism.

At the time staff said it did so to assert its right to freedom of expression, and to show it would not be cowed into silence by violent attacks.

That stance was backed by many prominent French politicians and public figures.

Reacting to Friday’s attack outside the school, Charlie Hebdo wrote on its Twitter account: “Intolerance has crossed a new threshold and does not seem to give ground to anything in imposing its terror on our country.”


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