French President Emmanuel Macron has described the murder as an “Islamist terrorist attack”, saying the teacher, who taught history and geography at the College du Bois d’Aulne was killed because he “taught freedom of expression”.
The Russian Embassy in france has said that an 18-year-old man of Chechen origin, who beheaded a school teacher in a Paris suburb on Friday, had nothing to do with Russia as his family had moved to france in 2008, where it has lived ever since. The statement comes as the French anti-terrorist prosecutor confirmed that the attacker was born in Moscow in 2002.
Ricard noted that one of the people detained in connection with the brutal attack has a half-sister, who was a member of the Daesh* terrorist group.
According to Ricard, the perpetrator had approached pupils near the school where the attack later occurred and asked them to point out his victim.
After killing and beheading the man, the assailant posted a photograph of his victim on Twitter, said the prosecutor. The post was accompanied by a message saying he was responsible for the murder. Ricard confirmed that 9 people had been detained as part of the investigation into Friday’s attack.
What is known about the murder?
The attack occurred on 16 October at 5 p.m. local time near the school where the victim, 47-year-old Samuel Paty, worked. Earlier this month, Paty had started teaching his class about freedom of expression. He…