The judicial source explained that among the last five detainees, the father of a student at the “Conflans Saint Honorine” school, where the teacher was working, and people in the non-family environment of the attacker, indicated that he was an eighteen-year-old of Chechen origin and was born in Moscow.
On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the killing of the teacher, who showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a study class, was an “Islamic terrorist attack.”
Macron added, near the scene of the attack, where the perpetrator cut off the victim’s head before the police shot him, that “the whole nation” is ready to defend the teachers, and that “obscurantism will not win.”
On Friday, the French police announced that they had shot dead a man who had slaughtered a teacher minutes earlier in a preparatory school, in a street in a suburb of Paris.
A police source said that this teacher had shown his students with cartoons that were offensive to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
A police patrol spotted the suspect attacker carrying a knife a short distance from the site of the attack. A police spokesman said that the police shot the suspect and killed him.
A police source said that witnesses heard the attacker chanting “God is great”. The police spokesman said that this information is being verified.
For his part, Al-Azhar condemned the incident, saying in a statement that it rejects this heinous crime and all terrorist acts, stressing that murder is a crime that cannot be justified in any way.
Al-Azhar affirmed its constant call to reject hate speech and violence, whatever its form, source and cause, calling for respect for religious sanctities and symbols, and to refrain from stirring hatred by insulting religions.
Al-Azhar called for the need to adopt global legislation criminalizing insulting of religions and their sacred symbols, and to display the morals and teachings of religions that emphasize respect for the beliefs of others.
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