Man stabbed in the throat in Paris suburb, suspect shot by police

  • Man stabbed in the throat in Paris suburb, suspect shot by police

Man stabbed in the throat in Paris suburb, suspect shot by police

French police shot dead a man who minutes had allegedly just killed a middle school teacher by slitting his throat in the streets of a northern Paris suburb.

The attack happened at around 5 pm (1500 GMT) near a school in Conflans Saint-Honorine, a western suburb of the French capital.

According to Le Parisien newspaper, the victim was a teacher, who recently "gave courses in freedom of expression" and had "shown caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed".

Police saw the suspected attacker carrying a knife near the crime scene, police said.

A police spokesman confirmed he was then shot dead.

A source close to the police said witnesses had heard the attacker shout "Allah Akbar", or "God is Great".

The investigation is being directed by specialised anti-terrorism prosecutors.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin was reportedly cutting his trip to Morocco short and returning to Paris. Some reports said the attacker was a parent of one of the pupils. Police have yet to verify the state of the victim.

Last month, a man who emigrated to France from Pakistan attacked and wounded two people using a meat cleaver outside the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

In Islam, depcitions of the prophet are a contentious issue, with many believing it is forbidden.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Peter Aitken is a NY born-and-raised reporter with a focus on national and global news.