France: Trainer decapitated, suspect shot useless by police | France

A police officer said the teacher opened a discussion with students about caricatures of Prophet Muhammad.

A history teacher who opened a discussion with students about cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad was beheaded in a French street and police shot the alleged killer, a police officer said.

The French counter-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the incident on Friday, which took place in the suburb of Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris.

A police officer, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the suspect was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun and was shot by police about 600 meters from where the male middle school teacher was killed .

Police on Twitter advised the public to avoid the area. Prime Minister Jean Castex was reportedly on his way to the site of the attack.

The mayor of Eragny, Thibault Humbert, praised on Twitter “the speed with which the police neutralized the person”.

France has seen a number of violent attacks in recent years.

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

This was the place where gunmen shot dead employees of the magazine five years ago in retaliation for the magazine’s publication of cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.

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