French teacher beheaded after showing Mohammed cartoons

Updated: 18 October, 2020 10:53 IST | Agencies | Paris

Prosecutors said they were treating the incident as "a murder linked to a terrorist organisation" and related to a "criminal association with terrorists".

People hold a sign reading 'I am a teacher - Freedom of speech' in front of a middle school in Conflans Saint-Honorine, Paris. Pic/AFP
People hold a sign reading 'I am a teacher - Freedom of speech' in front of a middle school in Conflans Saint-Honorine, Paris. Pic/AFP

A history teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in class was on Friday decapitated and his assailant shot dead by French police as they tried to arrest him, police and prosecutors said.

French anti-terror prosecutors said they were investigating the assault, which happened on the outskirts of Paris near a school. Prosecutors said they were treating the incident as "a murder linked to a terrorist organisation" and related to a "criminal association with terrorists".

'Suspect was of Chechen origin'

Paris: The man suspected of beheading a French teacher was an 18-year-old born in Moscow and originating from Russia's southern region of Chechnya, a judicial source said on Saturday. Five more people have been detained over the murder on Friday outside Paris.

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First Published: 18 October, 2020 11:00 IST

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