After the beheading of a teacher near Paris , the police took five other suspects into custody on Saturday night, according to judicial sources. A total of nine people are now in custody. Four people, including a minor, were taken into police custody on Friday evening. They are said to belong to the family of the alleged attacker.
According to initial findings, the teacher was beheaded by an attacker in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris. The prosecutor’s anti-terrorist investigators took over the investigation. One of the investigations is for murder with a terrorist background, said the responsible prosecutor in Paris. President Emmanuel Macron spoke in the evening of a “clearly Islamist terrorist attack”.
The victim is said to have been attacked on Friday afternoon in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, on the street near a school. It is apparently a history teacher who is said to have shown his students cartoons of Mohammed during the class on the subject of freedom of expression, reported several media, citing police sources. There was initially no official confirmation.
After the crime, suspects allegedly attacked the police
The alleged perpetrator is said to have been picked up by the police shortly after the crime in nearby Éragny-sur-Oise. According to the media, he tried to attack the officers and they shot him. As reported by the AFP news agency, citing judicial circles, the man later died. The area was cordoned off for fear of an explosives vest, and explosives experts were called in.