Nine Detained After Teacher Beheaded over Prophet Mohammed Caricature

French police officers in Paris France

He was shot dead by police. After the suspect refused to drop his weapon, police shot and killed him.

The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Aboulakh A, was a Moscow-born Russian national of Chechen origin who had been granted a 10-year residency as a refugee in March 2020, according to The Sun.

"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".

Egypt's Grand Mufti Shawki Allam condemned the recent terrorist attack of a school teacher on Friday in Paris, after he was beheaded for showing caricatures of Prophet Mohamed. He urged the nation to stand united against extremism.

On the list are 180 people now in prison and another 51 individuals who will be arrested shortly, officials said.

Crowds gathered throughout France on Sunday to pay tribute to Samuel Paty, the 47-year-old history teacher who was beheaded after he reportedly showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a civics lesson. According to the posts on a now-deleted social media account that allegedly belonged to the assailant, the attack was in retaliation for what he called an insult to Islam.

A parent of one of Paty's students told France's AFP news agency that, according to his son, the teacher had told Muslim students to leave the classroom ahead of the lesson and that he "didn't want to hurt their feelings".

Ricard revealed the message said "In the name of Allah the most gracious, the most merciful, .to (President Emmanuel) Macron, leader of the infidels, I have executed one of your hell-hounds who dared to belittle (Prophet) Mohammad".

Six more people were held on Saturday, including the father of a pupil at the school and a preacher described by French media as a radical Islamist.

The pupil, speaking beside her mother, said no one had made a fuss about the class previous year.

"I am a parent of a student at this college".

"It makes me sad - decapitated, that's shocking", said 15-year-old Virginie, who used to be the murdered teacher's student and said she had "good memories" of him.

Police arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a suspicious individual loitering near the school, a police source said.

They discovered the dead man and soon spotted the suspect, armed with a blade, who threatened the officers as they tried to arrest him.

Abdoulakh A. was not on the list at all, police sources said. No explosives were found on his body after it was checked by a bomb disposal unit.

The attacker himself was not known to the French intelligence services, said the prosecutor.

The man, not named by officials, said he wanted the teacher removed.

The killing comes as security forces have been on high alert during the ongoing trial of suspected accomplices of the attackers in the January 2015 terror attacks in Paris, which also saw a policewoman gunned down in the street.

An arrest warrant is out for the father's half-sister, who has joined Daesh in Syria, Richard added.

People at the events on Sunday wore masks against COVID-19 and carried signs such as "Teaching yes, bleeding no" or "I am Charlie" in a reference to satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, whose offices were attacked in a mass killing five years ago.

Seventeen people were killed in the three-day spree that heralded a wave of Islamist violence in France that has so far claimed more than 250 lives.

Charlie Hebdo expressed "horror and revolt" over the death of the teacher in a statement released on Twitter Friday: "We express our deepest support to his family, loved ones and all of the teachers".

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