A man was beheaded at 5pm on Friday in a suburb northwest of Paris.
According to the newspaper Le Parisien, it is a teacher who has been killed, and the incident is said to have taken place near the educational institution where he worked. This is also confirmed by the police.
The deceased had recently given a lecture on freedom of expression, and had shown the students a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad in that connection.
The incident took place in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
On Saturday night, the news agency AFP writes that they are informed by a source at the authorities that four people, including one minor, have been arrested after the attack.
They must all be related to the suspected perpetrator.
Another five people have been arrested, reports AFP on Saturday morning. Thus, a total of nine people are in police custody after the terrorist attack.
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French President Emmanuel Macron visited the scene on Friday.
– One of our fellow citizens was killed today because he taught. He taught students about free speech, he told reporters on the spot, according to Reuters.
The president also called the incident an “Islamist terrorist attack.”
– He is the victim of a terrorist attack, he stated.
Suspected perpetrator killed
French police say the suspect shouted “allahu akbar”, Arabic for “god is greatest”, ahead of the attack.
The suspected perpetrator was shot and killed by police in a neighboring town, after behaving threateningly.
The bomb squad was sent to the scene, when it was suspected that the perpetrator may have been wearing explosives.
It was first reported that the perpetrator was originally from Algeria, but according to Le Parisien it is reported that he was 18 years old and of Chechen origin. The French broadcaster BFMTV reports that the 18-year-old was born in Moscow, writes Reuters.
According to Le Parisien, the attacker has not previously been on the radar of other authorities.
The man’s identity has not been officially confirmed, but according to sources, an ID card was found on him showing that he was born in Moscow in 2002.
French anti-terror police are investigating the incident.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who is traveling in Morocco, will return to Paris immediately after talks with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, Darmanin’s office said.
On Saturday night, both Le Parisien and the news agency AFP write that four people, including a minor, have been arrested in connection with the case. According to Le Parisien, they are all related to the attacker.