Police Attempt To Arrest An Islamic Terrorist, Aboulakh Anzorov Who Beheaded A Teacher in France

Islamist terrorist asked pupils at French school to point out teacher, Samuel Paty who had shown them Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Mohammed and then beheaded him – as two parents who ‘led outrage’ are arrested

Jean-François Ricard also told a news conference that the 18-year-old Russian-born Aboulakh Anzorov posted a photograph of the history teacher’s body on Twitter after beheading father-of-one Samuel Paty, 47. 

He added that the suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency as a refugee in March and was not known to intelligence services, had been armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets. 

Mr Paty had received threats after showing a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet nude to a class on freedom of speech about 10 days ago.

The teacher had invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the caricature. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. 

A father of a 13-year-old pupil at the secondary school in middle-class Conflans-Sainte-Honorine told Reuters Mr Paty had told any Muslim students to leave because the cartoon would likely cause offence.  

However, one pupil stayed behind by mistake, and later told her Muslim parents. They filed a complaint against the teacher and held a meeting with Mr Paty, the school principal and an official from the education authority.    

Brahim Chnina, who said his daughter was in the class, branded Mr Paty a thug in a video posted on Twitter sometime in the last week, where he asked the community to complain about his behaviour.  

The video sparked community outrage and was shared by a mosque in Pantin, a Parisian suburb. Days later, Mr Paty was stabbed and decapitated in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine 25 miles north west of Paris.

Witnesses said they heard Chechen-born attacker Anzorov shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ – Arabic for God is the Greatest – before he was shot dead by police about 600 yards from the killing. 

French anti-terror prosecutors said they were treating the assault as ‘a murder linked to a terrorist organisation’.  

Nine people have been arrested, including the parents of a child at the school who had signalled their disagreement with Mr Paty’s decision to show the cartoon, a judicial source said.

Four people were initially detained by police over the murder, but five new people held for questioning are members of Anzorov’s social circle, including his grandparents, parents and 17-year-old brother.  

Yesterday’s terror attack came as Emmanuel Macron works on a bill to address Islamic radicals, who authorities claim are creating a parallel society outside French values. 

France has the largest Muslim population in Western Europe with up to five million members. 

The French President denounced what he called an ‘Islamist terrorist attack’, claiming: ‘One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught the freedom to believe or not believe.’   



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