Terrorism investigation launched after trainer 'decapitated' in Paris suburb assault

A person has been discovered decapitated in Conflans Saint-Honorine, positioned some 28 km northwest of Paris, in accordance with media stories citing police sources. The suspect was reportedly shot and killed by legislation enforcement.

The sufferer was attacked and “decapitated,” BFMTV reported on Friday. Different media stories recommended the person had been “stabbed” within the throat and succumbed to his wound. 

The incident reportedly occurred exterior a neighborhood faculty, and a police spokesman has confirmed that the sufferer was a middle-school trainer.

A number of media stories, additionally citing police sources, declare the suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar”, or “God is Nice,” as he assaulted his sufferer. The deceased trainer had proven pupils some cartoon depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, the sources added, which is taken into account a gross blasphemy by religious Muslims.

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The suspect was reportedly confronted on the scene by police, however fled to the close by city of Eragny, some three kilometers away. He then refused to give up and threatened the officers with a knife earlier than they shot him a number of instances.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor (PNAT) has stated it’s investigating the assault. 

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The incident has prompted the nation’s Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin to wrap up his go to to Morocco and return to France early, whereas President President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Jean Castex will reportedly go to the scene of the assault afterward Friday. 

Mayor of Ergany, Thibault Humbert, praised police for his or her fast response and “neutralizing” the suspect. In a tweet, the official additionally urged the general public to keep away from the realm the place the incident occurred and to not intervene with investigators working on the scene.

It was not instantly clear whether or not the trainer used the infamous cartoons by satirical journal Charlie Hebdo, which have been repeatedly cited as a pretext for terrorist assaults. Late final month, a person who moved to France from Pakistan slashed two individuals exterior the previous Paris headquarters of the journal. The suspect, who was arrested shortly after the incident, was additionally planning to set the headquarters on hearth, and wasn’t conscious that the journal had moved to an undisclosed location following the lethal 2015 assault.

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Within the 2015 incident, 12 individuals had been killed and 11 extra injured after al-Qaeda-linked gunmen stormed the journal’s workplace. Marking the start of the trial of the terrorists’ accomplices, Charlie Hebdo reprinted the cartoons early in September, triggering a brand new wave of protests throughout a number of Muslim nations.

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