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Teenager requested pupils to determine French instructor earlier than beheading him

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© Reuters. Stabbing assault within the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine

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By Sybille de La Hamaide and Thierry Chiarello

PARIS/CONFLANS-SAINTE-HONORINE, France (Reuters) – {The teenager} who beheaded a instructor exterior the college in a Paris suburb the place he taught had approached pupils on the street and requested them to level out his sufferer, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard mentioned on Saturday.

Police shot useless the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old historical past instructor Samuel Paty in broad daylight in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday.

{A photograph} of the instructor’s physique, accompanied by a message claiming accountability posted on Twitter, was found on the assailant’s telephone, discovered close to his physique. Ricard mentioned the Twitter account belonged to the attacker.

The submit was eliminated swiftly by Twitter, which mentioned it had suspended the account as a result of it violated the corporate’s coverage.

Ricard quoted the message as saying: “Within the identify of Allah probably the most gracious, probably the most merciful, … to (President Emmanuel) Macron, chief of the infidels, I’ve executed one in all your hell-hounds who dared to belittle (Prophet) Mohammad.”

Earlier this month Paty had proven his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a category on freedom of expression, angering a variety of Muslim dad and mom. Muslims consider that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.

The attacker, of Chechen origin, had been dwelling within the city of Evreux northwest of Paris, and was not beforehand recognized to the intelligence providers, Ricard informed a information convention.

The anti-terrorism prosecutor confirmed police had been holding 9 folks in custody in reference to the assault.

The killing shocked the nation and carried echoes of an assault 5 years in the past on the workplaces of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo. Prime Minister Jean Castex mentioned it bore the hallmarks of Islamist terrorism.

“I wish to share with you my complete indignation. Secularism, the spine of the French Republic, was focused on this vile act,” Castex mentioned.

‘BETWEEN HAMMER AND ANVIL’

4 shut kin of the attacker had been detained quickly after the assault. 5 extra had been detained in a single day, together with the daddy of a pupil at Paty’s college, Faculty du Bois d’Aulne, and an acquaintance of the pupil’s father recognized to the intelligence providers.

Within the days after the lesson on freedom of expression, the pupil’s father recorded a number of movies wherein he branded the instructor a thug and known as for him to be fired. In a single, he urged others to “be a part of forces and say ‘cease, do not contact our youngsters'”.

The movies the place shared on social media.

The half-sister of the pupil’s father had joined Islamic State in Syria in 2014, the prosecutor mentioned. It was not instantly clear if the teenage attacker knew both the pupil’s father or the daddy’s acquaintance.

Dad and mom of pupils laid flowers on the college gate. Some mentioned their kids had been distraught.

“(My daughter) is in items, terrorised by the violence of such an act. How will I clarify to her the unthinkable?” one father wrote on Twitter.

In an outpouring of grief, the hashtag #JeSuisSamuel (I’m Samuel) trended on social media, just like the #JeSuisCharlie name for solidarity after the assault on Charlie Hebdo in 2015.

Earlier than that assault, Charlie Hebdo had printed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, unleashing divisions that also forged a pall over French society.

Muslim leaders condemned Friday’s killing, which many public figures perceived as an assault on the essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of worship and freedom of expression.

Lethal assaults by Islamist militants or their sympathisers was devastating for France’s Muslim group, Tareq Oubrou, the imam of a Bordeaux mosque, mentioned.

“We’re between hammer and anvil,” he informed France Inter radio. “It assaults the Republic, society, peace and the very essence of faith, which is about togetherness.”