French authorities detain 9 in connection with teacher’s beheading

Police shoot man dead after teacher killed in Paris suburb

In the days after the lesson on freedom of expression, the pupil's father recorded several videos in which he branded the history teacher a thug and called for him to be fired.

Armed police killed the attacker minutes later near the College du Bois d'Aulne school in the suburb.

Identification documents found on the suspect showed he was an 18-year-old born in Moscow but from Russia's southern region of Chechnya.

Police have detained nine people since the attack, including the suspect's parents, grandfather and teenage brother, according to the AP.

When visiting the attack scene on Friday evening, French President Emmanuel Macron vehemently condemned the "characterized Islamic terrorist attack" and called on the French public to stand together to combat terrorism and obscurantism.

According to French media, a history teacher was decapitated on a street in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of the French capital, at about 5pm local time.

Kadyrov urged French investigators not to seek a "Chechen trace" in the attack, stressing that the assailant had spent most of his life in France and was likely radicalised there.

Witnesses said he was spotted at the school on Friday afternoon asking pupils where he could find Paty.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, on a visit to Morocco, is returning to Paris immediately after talking with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, his office said.

The lesson was set in the context of an ongoing trial over the 2015 killings at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical newspaper that came under attack for its caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.

And last month, charges were brought against a 25-year old Pakistani man after he wounded two people with a meat cleaver to avenge the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed by Charlie Hebdo, which purportedly prompted the 2015 killings.

Those arrested included four close family members of Abdullakh A., and two people who had reported to police to say they had been in contact with him, said the prosecutor. One posted a video online, releasing Paty's name, calling for his dismissal and filing a complaint against Paty at the police station for "disseminating pornographic images".

The friend, a known Islamist militant, was already on the radar of French intelligence services.

Ricard told reporters that the suspect was living in Normandy on a 10-year residency and was not known to intelligence services.

"It is at the same time a teacher who was assassinated but it is also the freedom of thought, of expression, which were infringed", Ricard said at a news conference in which he said an anti-terror probe was opened with charges of "assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and "criminal terrorist association".

The investigation will also look at a tweet from an account that has since been shut down that showed a picture of Paty's head and described Macron as "the leader of the infidels".

Macron this month invoked the ire of Muslims when he described Islam as a religion "in crisis" as he unveiled a plan to defend France's secular values.

The French presidential palace said a national tribute will be held for the teacher at a later date.



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