Professor beheaded in France: an eleventh person arrested and placed in police custody

An eleventh person, from the assailant’s entourage, was arrested and taken into custody on Sunday morning as part of the investigation into the beheading a history teacher near a college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), in the Paris region, local media report citing legal sources.

The victim is a college professor who showed his students a week ago, during one of his classes, blasphemous caricatures of Islam, arousing strong emotion within the establishment which had repercussions including in the municipality. After this history class, he had been the subject of threats.

The identity of the assailant, on whom an identity document had been found, was also confirmed by investigators, according to the media citing a judicial source. He is an 18-year-old Russian Chechen born in Moscow, known for a background of common law, but who had a clean record, and was not known for radicalization.

The National Antiterrorist Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) immediately took up the investigation, opened for “assassination in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and “criminal terrorist association”.

Four people in the entourage of the alleged perpetrator of this attack who was shot dead by the police, were taken into police custody overnight from Friday to Saturday. Saturday morning, six other people were arrested.
among those arrested in custody are the parents, a grandparent and the assailant’s little brother who were arrested in Evreux (Eure). A parent of a student who had posted a video on Facebook, calling in particular for the eviction of the teacher is also among those in custody. The others are members of the non-family circle of the alleged perpetrator.

As a reminder, Friday around 5:00 p.m. HL, Abdouallakh A. beheaded Samuel Paty, a history-geography teacher, near the college where he taught in a district of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine in the Yvelines department in northern France, before being killed nine times by police officers 200 meters away.

This teacher had recently shown Charlie Hebdo cartoons to his 4th year students as part of a course on freedom of expression.

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