Chechen teen killed by police named as suspect in trainer’s beheading in France

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A suspect shot lifeless by police after the beheading of a historical past trainer close to Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence providers who posted a grisly declare of accountability on social media minutes after the assault, officers mentioned Saturday.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace mentioned authorities investigating the killing of Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday arrested 9 suspects, together with the teenager’s grandfather, dad and mom and 17-year-old brother.

Paty, who was 47, had mentioned caricatures of Prophet Muhammad together with his class, resulting in threats, police officers mentioned. Islam prohibits pictures of the Prophet, asserting that they result in idolatry. The officers couldn’t be named as a result of they weren’t licensed to debate ongoing investigations.

Muslims imagine that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous.

French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard mentioned an investigation for homicide with a suspected terrorist motive had been opened.

Ricard advised reporters that the Moscow-born suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency in France as a refugee in March, was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets.

WATCH | Suspect shot by police after beheading in France:

A teen suspect was shot lifeless by police after a trainer was beheaded in France. 9 extra suspects have been detained by police, together with a number of the teen’s relations. 2:13

{The teenager} had approached pupils on the street and requested them to level out his sufferer, he mentioned.

The prosecutor mentioned a textual content claiming accountability and {a photograph} of the sufferer have been discovered on the suspect’s cellphone. He additionally confirmed {that a} Twitter account underneath the title Abdoulakh A belonged to the suspect. It posted a photograph of the decapitated head minutes after the assault, together with the message, “I’ve executed one of many canine from hell who dared to place Muhammad down.”

Headmaster obtained threatening cellphone calls

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

Ricard mentioned the suspect had been seen on the faculty asking college students concerning the trainer, and the headmaster had obtained a number of threatening cellphone calls.

The suspect’s half-sister joined the Islamic State group in Syria in 2014, Ricard mentioned. He did not give her title, and it’s not clear the place she is now.

The attacker, of Chechen origin, had been residing within the city of Évreux, northwest of Paris, and was not beforehand identified to the intelligence providers, Ricard advised a information convention.

Folks gathered on the website of the assault on Saturday. The 18-year-old suspect was shot to loss of life by police on Friday, about 600 metres from the place the trainer died. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Mourners marched close to the varsity in solidarity on Saturday, holding indicators that learn “I’m a trainer.”

“We’ll choose ourselves up collectively, due to our spirit of solidarity,” mentioned Laurent Brosse, mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

Dad and mom of scholars laid flowers on the faculty gate. Some mentioned their kids have been distraught.

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

A police official mentioned the suspect was shot lifeless about 600 metres from the place Paty died. Police opened hearth after he failed to reply to orders to place down his weapons and acted in a threatening method. The official couldn’t be named due to the continued investigations.

French President Emmanuel Macron went to the varsity on Friday night time to denounce what he referred to as an “Islamist terrorist assault.” He urged the nation to face united in opposition to extremism.

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President Emmanuel Macron was amongst a bunch of onlookers and police who gathered on a avenue exterior Paris the place police shot and killed a person who minutes earlier had killed a center faculty trainer. 0:51

“One in all our compatriots was murdered immediately as a result of he taught … the liberty of expression, the liberty to imagine or not imagine,” Macron mentioned.

The presidential Élysée Palace introduced that there shall be a nationwide ceremony at a future date to honour Paty.

Canada’s international affairs minister, François-Philippe Champagne, additionally condemned the assault on Twitter Saturday.

In a video posted just lately on Twitter, a person describing himself as the daddy of a pupil asserted that Paty had proven a picture of a unadorned man and advised college students it was “the prophet of the Muslims.”

Earlier than exhibiting the pictures, the trainer requested Muslim kids to boost their palms and depart the room as a result of he deliberate to indicate one thing stunning, the person mentioned. “What was the message he needed to ship these kids? What is that this hate?” the person requested. The AP has not been in a position to independently affirm these claims.

Chechen refugees immigrated to France after conflict

Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim Russian republic within the North Caucasus. Two wars within the 1990s triggered a wave of emigration, with many Chechens heading for western Europe. France has provided asylum to many Chechens because the Russian navy waged conflict in opposition to Islamist separatists in Chechnya within the 1990s and early 2000s.

Chechnya’s strongman regional chief, Ramzan Kadyrov, who has used huge federal subsidies to rebuild the province and squelched any resistance together with his feared safety forces, condemned the trainer’s killing but in addition warned in opposition to insulting the sentiments of Muslims.

“We condemn this act of terror and supply our condolences to the kin of the person who was killed,” Kadyrov mentioned on his weblog. “Whereas talking out categorically in opposition to any manifestation of terrorism, I additionally urge to not provoke believers, to not offend their spiritual emotions.”

He went on to criticize French society for what he described as manifestations of “provocative” disrespect for Islamic values. “When France has a correct state establishment of inter-ethnic and inter-faith relations, then the nation could have a wholesome society.”

France has seen occasional violence involving its Chechen neighborhood in current months, believed linked to native prison exercise and score-settling.

That is the second time in three weeks that terror has struck France linked to caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Final month, a younger man from Pakistan was arrested after attacking two folks with a meat cleaver exterior the previous places of work of satirical journal Charlie Hebdo.

The weekly was the goal of a lethal newsroom assault in 2015 after it revealed cartoons concerning the Prophet Muhammad. It republished the identical caricatures final month to underscore the correct to freedom of data as a trial opened linked to that assault.

Friday’s terror assault got here as Macron’s authorities works on a invoice to handle Islamic radicals, who authorities declare are making a parallel society exterior the values of the French Republic.

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