Teacher, who took class on Prophet Mohammed cartoons, beheaded on Paris street

First Published 17, Oct 2020, 5:08 PM

Media reports said a Chechen Muslim shouting 'Allah O Akbar' beheaded the history teacher who had recently given a class on secularism and the controversy surrounding the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

<p>Nine people are being questioned by the French authorities after a school teacher was beheaded in broad daylight on the street in a Paris suburb.</p>

Nine people are being questioned by the French authorities after a school teacher was beheaded in broad daylight on the street in a Paris suburb.

<p>Media reports said a Chechen Muslim shouting 'Allah O Akbar' beheaded the history teacher who had recently given a class on secularism and the controversy surrounding the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.<br />
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Media reports said a Chechen Muslim shouting 'Allah O Akbar' beheaded the history teacher who had recently given a class on secularism and the controversy surrounding the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
 

<p>The gruesome crime happened near a middle school in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. The suspect was later shot dead by the police in adjoining town of Eragny.<br />
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The gruesome crime happened near a middle school in the town of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. The suspect was later shot dead by the police in adjoining town of Eragny.
 

<p>French President Emmanuel Macron, who later visited the school where the teacher worked, termed the beheading as an 'Islamic terrorist attack.<br />
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French President Emmanuel Macron, who later visited the school where the teacher worked, termed the beheading as an 'Islamic terrorist attack.
 

<p>Macron said, "One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught. The freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe."</p>

Macron said, "One of our compatriots was murdered today because he taught. The freedom of expression, the freedom to believe or not believe."

<p>"Terrorists will not divide France, obscurantism will not prevail," he added.</p>

"Terrorists will not divide France, obscurantism will not prevail," he added.

<p>Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Twitter, "Our unity and our resolve are the only responses faced with the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism."</p>

Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said on Twitter, "Our unity and our resolve are the only responses faced with the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism."

<p>The incident came barely a month after a 25-year-old Pakistani man attacked two people with a meat cleaver over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.</p>

The incident came barely a month after a 25-year-old Pakistani man attacked two people with a meat cleaver over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

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