The terrorist who killed a French history teacher asked students to point out his victim before he attacked, authorities have confirmed.
The shocking attack took place on Friday at 5 p.m. (local time) in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
The teacher was named as Samuel Paty, 47. He had been the target of numerous death threats after producing images of the Prophet Muhammad for a class on freedom of expression.
For Muslims, the portrayal of the prophet is considered blasphemous.
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The murderer was granted a 10-year stay in France as a refugee in March. He was not known to the secret services.
The terrorist became angry after children were shown a picture of the Prophet Muhammad.
He approached the students on the street and asked them to point out his victim before starting the vicious attack.
He was heard, “Allahu Akbar – what is Arabic to God is greatest.
He also posted a video of Paty’s beheaded head on social media and issued a threat in French
He wrote: “In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. From Abdullah, the servant of Allah, to Marcon, the leader of the infidels, I have executed one of your hellhounds who dared to belittle Muhammad and reassure his companions before harsh punishments were inflicted on them. ”
Police officers rushed to the scene after the alarm went off and the killer fled towards the north-western Parisian parish of Eragny-sur-Oise. He was later shot dead by the police.
French counterterrorism prosecutors said they treated the attack as “murder related to a terrorist organization” and linked to a “criminal association with terrorists”.
A colleague of Mr. Paty said, “Samuel upset the parents by showing a picture of a naked prophet Muhammad to children in his free speech class and there were threats against him.”
The picture was the same one published by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in 2015.
Mr. Paty was previously “concerned for his safety” after receiving death threats, a colleague alleged.
He reportedly invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the cartoon about 10 days ago.
But one student stayed behind and later told her parents, who filed a complaint against Mr. Paty.
A video was then posted online calling the teacher a “thug” as the community was asked to complain about the lesson.
The authorities arrested at least nine people after the brutal murder.
Four relatives of the attacker, including a minor, were arrested immediately after the attack.
Since then, five other people have been arrested, including two parents of students from the College du Bois d’Aulne, where the teacher was employed.
There has been a lot of sadness and shock on social media all over the world.
Heartbroken coworkers and students held white roses and signs that read “Je Suis Enseignant” – which means “I am a teacher” as they pay tribute to Mr. Paty.
Others posted on Twitter with the hashtag “Je Suis Prof” in solidarity with the murdered teacher.
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