October 31, 2020

Teacher decapitated in Paris attack after showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed to pupils pictured for first time

Teacher decapitated in Paris attack after showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed to pupils pictured for first time

A TEACHER decapitated outside a school near Paris has been pictured for the first time.

Samuel Paty, 47, is believed to have previously angered parents by showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a history lesson.

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Samuel Paty has been named as the teacher decapitated in France

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Samuel Paty has been named as the teacher decapitated in France
A picture of a body lying in the road was shared on Twitter after French anti-terror prosecutors confirmed a man had been decapitated

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A picture of a body lying in the road was shared on Twitter after French anti-terror prosecutors confirmed a man had been decapitatedCredit: LCI

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The suspect has been named as 18-year-old Aboulakh A – a Russian national of Chechen origin.

He was shot dead by cops after severing his victim’s head with a kitchen knife in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday.

Four people in the attacker’s family circle – including a minor – were taken into police custody on last night, BFM TV reports.

French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the “Islamist terror attack” as he visited the school where the teacher worked last night.

President Emmanuel Macron visited the scene last night

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President Emmanuel Macron visited the scene last nightCredit: AFP or licensors
French cops secure the area near the scene in Conflans St Honorine

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French cops secure the area near the scene in Conflans St HonorineCredit: Reuters

He said: “A citizen has been murdered today because he was a teacher and because he taught freedom of expression.

“The whole country stands behind its teachers. Terrorists will not divide France, obscurantism will not win.”

The terrorist was believed to be furious children had been shown the cartoons and is said to have shouted Allahu Akbar as he carried out the bloody killing.

A source told Le Parisien: “The victim had recently given a lesson to his students on freedom of expression and had shown the caricatures of Muhammad.”

‘WAVING A GUN’

Samuel had been “concerned for his safety” after receiving death threats previously, a colleague claimed.

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They said: “Samuel had angered parents by showing a picture of a nude Prophet Mohammed to kids in his freedom of expression class, and there had been threats against him.”

The bloodbath erupted when Samuel was discovered decapitated near the school on the outskirts of the French capital.

The killer is said to have fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise, around two miles away, where he refused to surrender.

Terror cops confirmed they were investigating and were threatened with “weapons” as they swooped on the suspect.

Around ten shots rang out in the quiet suburb as he was gunned down and killed by cops.

He was waving a gun by this time and further threatened officers. This is when he was shot dead by police.

Investigating source

Anti-terrorist prosecutors are investigating the attack and have linked it with radical Islamism.

It is the 33rd terror attack in France since 2017.

A terrorism enquiry was launched in Paris last month after two news agency staff were stabbed outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo.

The magazine had published cartoons mocking the Prophet in 2015.

Paris-born brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi were killed by cops afrer they murdered 12 people in the Charlie Hebdo offices in response to the publication.

A third terrorist, Amedy Coulibaly, gunned down four shoppers in a kosher supermarket and a policewoman during three days of carnage before he too was killed.

Charlie Hebdo  now produces its magazine from a top secret location, and in September re-published the controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed which had provoked outrage in the Muslim world.  

Armed cops stand guard on Friday night in the French suburb

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Armed cops stand guard on Friday night in the French suburbCredit: Reuters
A French police officer stands guard on a street in Eragny

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A French police officer stands guard on a street in EragnyCredit: AFP or licensors
Footage allegedly shows the moment the attacker was shot down by police

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Footage allegedly shows the moment the attacker was shot down by policeCredit: Facebook
Local TV footage shows French police officers at the scene

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Local TV footage shows French police officers at the scene Credit: Universal News & Sport (Europe)
French Police are pictured at the scene this evening

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French Police are pictured at the scene this evening
A camera crew films on as police cars guard the scene

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A camera crew films on as police cars guard the sceneCredit: Universal News & Sport (Europe)
Rue du Buisson Moineau in St Honorine, Paris

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Rue du Buisson Moineau in St Honorine, Paris
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