KILLER ASKED PUPILS TO IDENTIFY TUTOR BEFORE BEHEADING HIM
The teenager who beheaded a teacher outside the school in a Paris suburb where he taught had approached pupils in the street and asked them to point out his victim, anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said.
Police shot dead the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russia, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty in broad daylight in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday, Sybille de La Hamaide and Thierry Chiarello reported for Reuters.
A photograph of the teacher’s body, accompanied by a message claiming responsibility posted on Twitter, was discovered on the assailant’s phone, found near his body. Ricard said the Twitter account belonged to the attacker. The post was removed swiftly by Twitter, which said it had suspended the account because it violated the company’s policy.
Muslim leaders condemned Friday’s killing, which many public figures perceived as an attack on the essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of worship and freedom of expression. Deadly attacks by Islamist militants or their sympathizers are devastating for France’s Muslim community, Tareq Oubrou, the imam of a Bordeaux mosque, said. “We are between hammer and anvil,” he told France Inter radio. “It attacks the Republic, society, peace and the very essence of religion, which is about togetherness.”