A historical past trainer who had proven caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed at school was on Friday decapitated and his assailant shot useless by French police as they tried to arrest him, police and prosecutors stated.
French anti-terror prosecutors stated they had been investigating the assault which occurred on the outskirts of Paris at round 5 pm (1500 GMT) close to a college in Conflans Saint-Honorine, a western suburb of the French capital.
According to a police supply, the sufferer was a historical past trainer who not too long ago mentioned caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed at school.
Prosecutors stated they had been treating the incident as “a murder linked to a terrorist organisation” and associated to a “criminal association with terrorists”.
The allegations are much like expenses introduced final month towards a 25-year outdated Pakistani man who wounded two folks in a meat cleaver assault to avenge the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
The attacker significantly injured two staff of a TV manufacturing company, whose workplaces are on the identical block that used to deal with Charlie Hebdo. Both survived.
That assault got here three weeks into an ongoing trial of suspected accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 assaults on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish grocery store, which additionally noticed a policewoman gunned down on the street.
Seventeen folks had been killed within the three-day spree that heralded a wave of Islamist violence in France that has to this point claimed greater than 250 lives.
The trial has sparked protests throughout France, with 1000’s of demonstrators rallying towards Charlie Hebdo and the French authorities.
Police on Friday arrived on the scene after receiving a name a couple of suspicious particular person loitering close to the college, a police supply stated.
There they discovered the useless man and close by sighted the suspect armed with a knife-like weapon who threatened them as they tried to arrest him.
They opened hearth and injured him severely, the supply stated. He later died of his accidents, a judicial supply stated.
The scene has been cordoned off and a bomb disposal unit dispatched due to the suspected presence of an explosives vest, the police supply stated.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, on a go to to Morocco, is returning to Paris instantly after speaking with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, his workplace stated.
Macron was to affix key ministers at a disaster group arrange within the inside ministry, the president’s workplace stated.
The assault comes solely days after a follower of the Islamic State terrorist group who attacked a police officer exterior Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris with a hammer was sentenced to 28 years in jail.
Farid Ikken, 43, charged at officers on patrol exterior the cathedral on June 6, 2017, shouting “this is for Syria”.