Teacher beheaded in France, suspected killer shot dead by police
Oct 17 2020
The man in the video urged Twitter users to complain to the authorities and get the teacher removed from his post.
The report also added the attacker was the parent of a student, but this has not yet been confirmed by police.
French anti-terrorism prosecutors are now investigating the attack.
The suspect did not respond to requests to drop his weapon, resulting in police fatally shooting him, Reuters reported. The attacker then ran off, but local police alerted by the public were quickly at the scene in the nearby area of Éragny.
The scene has been cordoned off and a bomb disposal unit dispatched because of the suspected presence of an explosives vest, the police source said. "We will stand up".
The gruesome killing of the teacher occurred in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine while the suspect was killed by police in adjoining Eragny.
Police officials told the Associated Press that the victim had received threats after opening a discussion "for a debate" about the caricatures about 10 days ago.
"It is necessary to underline the speed with which the police officers neutralized the individual", he said.
"We didn't see this coming", Conflans resident Remi Tell said on CNews TV station.
Friday's attack comes amid the historic trial of 14 alleged accomplices in the January 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper that had previously published cartoons that depicted the likeness of Muhammad, which is strictly prohibited by the Muslim faith.
French newspaper Le Parisien identified the vicitm as "Samuel P.", who had reportedly opened up a discussion on caricatures of the prophet Mohammed with his students.
Weeks later, two people were stabbed outside the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in an assault that authorities later said had been created to attack the newspaper's journalists a second time.
The incident came as Macron's government is working on a bill to address Islamist radicals who authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside the values of the French Republic.