PARIS – A defendant shot dead by authorities following the grisly beheading of a history instructor in an assault during Paris Friday was a 18-year old Chechen, authorities said.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office stated that police investigating the horrible killing of this guy in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine also have detained nine suspects, such as the parents, grandparents and 17-year old brother of their attacker.
The instructor had spoke caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad along with his course, police said.
Chechnya is a mostly Muslim Russian republic in the North Caucasus. Two wars at the 1990so triggered a tide of emigration, together with lots of Chechens heading to western Europe.
France has witnessed occasional violence between the Chechen community in recent months, also considered connected to local unlawful action and score-settling.
A police officer said the defendant in Friday’s assault armed forces was shot dead around 600 meters (yards) from where the instructor was murdered. He had been armed with a knife and the airsoft rifle — that fires plastic pellets and authorities opened fire when he didn’t respond to requests to put his arms down and behaved in a threatening way.
French President Emmanuel Macron came quickly in the college on Friday night to denounce what he called a”Islamist terrorist assault ” He encouraged the country to stay united against extremism.
“Among our compatriots was killed now because he educated… the liberty of expression, the freedom to believe or not to believe,” Macron stated.
The French anti-terrorism prosecutor opened an investigation for murder having a supposed terrorist rationale, ” the prosecutor’s office stated.
it’s actually the second time in 3 months which terror has struck France connected to caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Last montha young guy from Pakistan was detained after stabbing two people who have a meat cleaver out the former offices of this newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
The weekly has been that the goal of a mortal newsroom assault in 2015, also it republished caricatures of the Holocaust this month to highlight the right to freedom of information for a trial opened connected to this attack.
Friday’s terror attack came as Macron’s government functions to get a bill to deal with Islamic radicals, that police claim are developing a parallel society beyond the worth of the French Republic. France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe with as much as 5 million members, and Islam is the nation’s No. 2 faith.
The instructor had received threats after launching a conversation”to get a discussion” regarding the caricatures roughly 10 days ago, a police officer told The Associated Press. The parent of a pupil had registered a complaint against the instructor, another police officer said.
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