A teacher was beheaded in the middle of the street in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in the Paris region, on the way between his college and his home on Friday afternoon and his attacker, a Chechen Russian, killed by the police.
This is what we know about the attack.
What happened ?
At 5.11 p.m., the police from the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine anti-crime brigade were called by the municipal police officers from Eragny-sur-Oise, in the Paris region, who discovered the body of a decapitated man on the public highway, reported the prosecutor of the national anti-terrorism prosecutor (PNAT), Jean-François Ricard. The facts take place not far from the college of Bois d’Aulne, located in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, in a residential neighborhood without history.
Arriving, the police try to stop, 200 meters from the victim, a man who shoots in their direction “five times” with “a handgun”, continued Mr. Ricard. The police respond, the aggressor suffers from “9 hits”. He has, by his side, an Airsoft-type handgun with five gas cartridges, a dagger-type knife. According to Mr. Ricard, the man tried to get up and stab the police officers.
Judicial sources said on Friday that the assailant shouted “Allah Akbar” before the police fired.
A second bloodied knife, with a 35 cm blade, is discovered about thirty meters from the victim, added Mr. Ricard.
Who is the victim ?
Samuel Paty, 47 years old and father of a family, taught history and geography at the Collège du Bois d’Aulne.
The professor had recently shown caricatures of Muhammad to his eighth grade students as part of a free speech class. Some parents were upset, especially on social networks. The father of a student had lodged a complaint on October 8 for dissemination of pornographic images (a drawing of the naked and crouching prophet, with a star on the buttocks, editor’s note). The professor had in return filed a complaint for defamation.
This father had on October 7 called on Facebook to mobilize against the teacher. In a video from October 12 posted on Youtube, the student’s father, accompanied on the video by a very upset man, targets the teacher and calls his daughter to testify.
“Apparently, it was a teacher who used to talk to them about Islam, caricatures and all that, it was not the first time that my son came home and he said + the teacher spoke to us of that today + “, told hooly News a parent of a student.
Who is the aggressor?
The assailant, Abdoullakh A., is an 18-year-old Chechen Russian born in Moscow. Known for a common law record, he has never been convicted. He was not known to the intelligence services for radicalization, according to several sources familiar with the matter. On March 4, 2020, he obtained a residence permit valid until March 2030. He had refugee status and lived in Evreux in Normandy.
His neighbors present him as a young man “discreet”, “immersed in religion” for three years, according to testimonies collected by hooly News.
Jean-François Ricard explained that the investigators had found in his mobile phone the text of the claim sent on Twitter. This text was written at 12:17 p.m. They also discovered the photo of the victim’s head sent at 4:57 p.m. on Twitter. This photo was accompanied by a message addressed to Emmanuel Macron, “the leader of the infidels”, explaining wanting revenge on the one “who dared to belittle Muhammad”.
– 10 police custody
Ten people were in custody on Saturday, including the parents, grandfather and little brother of the assailant, arrested in Evreux (Eure).
Also in custody, the father of the student who called for mobilization against the teacher. He was arrested in Chanteloup-les-Vignes. The man who had accompanied him to college to complain about the professor and had interviewed the daughter of this parent of a student in a video, the Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui, active in France since the mid-2000s, as well as his companion , are also.
Mr. Ricard stressed that the student’s father had a half-sister who left in 2014 to join the Islamic State organization in Syria and was the subject of a search warrant, but the prosecutor did not publicly disclose no link between this father, his entourage and the assailant.
Finally, three people who had been in contact with the attacker, who spontaneously presented themselves to the Evreux police station on Friday evening, are also in police custody.
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