A terrorist investigation has been launched after a teacher was killed in a brutal attack near Paris on Friday, officials said, adding that police later killed the attacker.
A high school teacher was attacked in the streets of Conflans Sainte-Honorine, a suburb northwest of Paris.
The French newspaper Le Parisien identified the vicissitude as “Samuel P.”, who had reportedly opened up for a discussion of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed with his students.
Police responded to reports of a “suspicious man” loitering near the school. Then officers a man with a knife in the area shortly after the attack.
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The suspect did not respond to requests to drop his weapon, resulting in police shooting him dead, Reuters reported.
A police source said witnesses had heard the attacker shout “Allah Akbar”
French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, who had traveled to Morocco, will return to France as soon as possible.
Initial reports indicated that the teacher had been beheaded, but subsequent reports have said the attacker instead slit the teacher’s neck. Police have not yet verified the victim’s condition.
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The attack is another in a series of incidents that have taken place in Paris over issues of the Islamic faith.
Late last month, a man who emigrated to France from Pakistan used a meat clover to attack and wounded two people outside the offices of the former satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
Charlie Hebdo himself had been the site of an attack in January 2015, resulting in a dozen dead and nearly as many wounded, after two armed men entered the offices following the publication of a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
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In Islam, the portrayal of the Prophet is a controversial subject, and many believe it is forbidden.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
This is a development story; came back for updates.