Jihadist beheads French teacher for showing Mohammed cartoons
An Islamic terrorist has beheaded a French school teacher in a suburb of Paris.
The 47-year-old teacher named Samuel Paty had was brutally killed by a devout Muslim after he showed his class cartoons of the 'prophet' Mohammed.
Mr Paty received threats after opening a discussion 'for a debate' about the caricatures about 10 days ago before he was stabbed and decapitated.
The terrorist, 18-year-old Chechen gunman Aboulakh A, killed Samuel Paty on Friday 16th Ocotber in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine 25 miles north-west of Paris.
The jihadist was shot dead by police about 600 metres from the scene after shouting ""Allahu Akbar" and refusing to drop his gun.
History teacher, Samuel Paty had invited Muslim students to leave the classroom before showing a caricature of Mohammed published by Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine targeted by terrorists five years ago, in a lesson about free speech.
The cartoon reportedly showed the 'prophet' Mohammed crouching with a star drawn on his buttocks and the inscription 'A star is born'.
After a Muslim student complained, Muslim parents branded him a 'thug' in a video shared online by a mosque just days before he was murdered.
French anti-terror prosecutors said they were treating the assault as 'a murder linked to a terrorist organisation'.
Nine people have been arrested, including the parents of a child at the school who had signalled their disagreement with Mr Paty's decision to show the cartoon, a judicial source said.
Four people were initially detained by police over the murder, but five new people held for questioning are members of the suspected Islamist's social circle, including his grandparents, parents and 17-year-old brother.
It is the second terrorism-related incident since the opening of an ongoing trial on the newsroom massacre in January 2015 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo after the publication of caricatures of the prophet of Islam.
As the trial opened, the paper republished caricatures of Mohammed to underscore the right of freedom of expression.
Three weeks ago, a man from Pakistan was arrested after stabbing, outside the newspaper's former offices, two people who suffered non life-threatening injuries.
The 18-year-old told police he was upset about the publication of the caricatures.