(Published on October 16, 2020)
Beheading on street near Paris school being investigated as act of terrorism, suspect shot dead by police, AFP reports. LIVE HERE.
According to French media, a man was decapitated in the Conflans St Honorine area at about 5pm local time.
The country’s anti-terror prosecutor has called the incident a stabbing but Reuters news agency has reported a police source saying the victim was decapitated, Sky News reports.
A second police source told Reuters that witnesses heard the attacker shout Allahu Akbar, or God is greater.
A spokesman for French police said the victim was a teacher at a nearby middle school. According to Le Monde newspaper, he taught history and geography.
He had reportedly shown images of the Prophet Muhammad in class during a discussion about freedom of expression.
Le Parisien newspaper reported that the victim was “horribly mutilated”.