France beheading suspect had no links with Russia

  • France beheading suspect had no links with Russia

France beheading suspect had no links with Russia

The man, not named by officials, said he wanted the teacher removed. The illustrations are considered by many Muslims to be blasphemous.

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

"Every day that passes without incident we give thanks", he told France Inter radio.

Nine people are being held in police custody, including the teen's grandfather, parents, 17-year-old brother and friends.

Ricard identified the attacker as Abdullakh A., an 18-year-old Chechen with refugee status in France.

Le Parisien newspaper said the victim was "horribly mutilated".

The prosecutor said a text claiming responsibility and a photograph of the victim were found on the suspect's phone.

A picture of a decapitated head was posted shortly after the attack on his Twitter account, which has since been taken down.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, now on a visit to Morocco, is returning to Paris immediately after talking with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron, his office said. A half-sister of the student's father who launched the social media campaign against Paty had joined the Islamic State (IS, former ISIS/ISIL) terrorist group in Syria back in 2014, according to Reuters.

The attacker himself was not known to the French intelligence services, said the prosecutor. Five more were detained overnight, among them two parents of pupils at the College du Bois d'Aulne where the teacher was employed.

According to a police source, the victim was a history teacher who recently discussed sketches of the Prophet (PBUH) in class. Flowers appeared outside his school on Saturday.

"We'll pick ourselves up together, thanks to our spirit of solidarity", said Laurent Brosse, mayor of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.

On Saturday, parents and teachers paid tribute to Paty outside the school.

"He did it to protect the children, not to shock them", said Chaouadi.

"[My daughter] is in pieces, terrorised by the violence of such an act". Police opened fire after he failed to respond to orders to put down his weapons and acted in a threatening manner.

He urged the nation to stand united against extremism.

Police shot dead the 18-year-old attacker, who was born in Russian Federation, minutes after he murdered 47-year-old history teacher Samuel Paty in broad daylight in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday.

In the days after the lesson on freedom of expression, the pupil's father recorded several videos in which he branded the teacher a thug and called for him to be fired.

The presidential Élysée Palace announced that there will be a national ceremony at a future date to honour Paty.

In it, he said the teacher had shown the cartoons of Muhammad and that his daughter, a Muslim, had been disciplined for expressing her displeasure.

President Emmanuel Macron has visited the scene.

Chechnya is a predominantly Muslim Russian republic in the North Caucasus.

And last month, charges were brought against a 25-year old Pakistani man after he wounded two people with a meat cleaver to avenge the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed by Charlie Hebdo, which purportedly prompted the 2015 killings.