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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.