A teacher has been killed in what is being called a beheading in a Paris suburb, French police say. The victim had shown cartoons of Muhammad during the hour, according to AFP.
AFP reported just after 6.30 pm on Friday night that a man had been beheaded in a suburb northwest of Paris.
The newspaper Le Monde writes that the police tried to stop a man with a knife in the neighboring municipality of Eragny after finding the body, and that the man was shot and killed by the police.
Terrorism investigation underway
French police confirm to the news agency AFP that the murder victim was a teacher and had shown caricatures of Muhammad in class. According to Le Parisien’s sources, the teacher showed caricatures in connection with a lecture on freedom of expression.
According to the AP, the man was a history teacher and had had a discussion with the students about the topic in class.
Reuters writes that the incident took place in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. French police write on Twitter that there is an incident in the area, and ask people to stay away.
France’s anti-terrorism unit PNAT is investigating the incident, writes Reuters. The police state that they are investigating the incident as “a murder linked to a terrorist organization”, according to AFP / NTB / Ritzau.
The Minister of the Interior travels to Paris
According to Le Parisien, the incident took place near a school. Police discovered a suspect holding a kitchen knife, who tried to run away, they write. According to Le Parisien, the man refused to lay down his weapon, and was then shot by the police.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, who is traveling in Morocco, will return to Paris immediately after having talks with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, Darmanin’s office informs, writes NTB.
President Emmanuel Macron will be on his way to the scene, according to Le Figaro.