The teenager who beheaded a teacher outside the school where he taught in a Paris suburb, approached students on the street and asked them to point out their victim, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard said on Saturday.
Police shot and killed the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old history professor Samuel Paty in broad daylight at Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday.
A photograph of the teacher’s body, accompanied by a message in which he assumed responsibility posted on Twitter, was discovered on the aggressor’s phone, found near the body. Ricard said the Twitter account belonged to the attacker.
The post was quickly removed by Twitter, which said it suspended the account for violating company policy.
According to Ricard, the message read: “In the name of Allah, the most kind, the most merciful, … to (President Emmanuel) Macron, leader of the infidels, I executed one of his infernal dogs that he dared to belittle (Prophet) Muhammad “.
Earlier this month, Paty showed his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression, angering several Muslim parents. Muslims believe that any representation of the Prophet is blasphemy.
The attacker, of Chechen origin, lived in the city of Evreux, northwest of Paris, and was not previously known by the intelligence services, Ricard told a news conference.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor confirmed that the police held nine people in custody in connection with the attack.
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