Picture of Mr. Samuel Paty, the French teacher beheaded by an Islamic terrorist for showing nude images of Prophet Mohammed to his pupils in a civic class while advocating for Freedom of Speech in France. Photo credit: bbc.com
How four kids contributed to the beheading of a French teacher by a teen Islamist
The terrorist killer followed him from school and paid two teenage students to help him identify Mr. Paty. The killer brutalized and beheaded him with a knife while he was walking home on foot after school.
It’s no longer news, Samuel Paty, a widely-liked French teacher was beheaded by a Russian teen Islamist last week – a brutal killing that shocked France.
Samuel Paty, 47, was murdered with a butcher’s knife in the street about 300 meters from the school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, North West of Paris, at around 5 pm on Friday for using cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during a civics class while advocating for freedom of expression.
How Samuel Paty was targeted and killed by beheading
How was the French teacher attacked for using cartoons of a nude Prophet Muhammad to his pupils and killed by beheading?
A week after the class in which the cartoons of a nude Prophet Muhammad was displayed to his pupils by the teacher, He had suggested any Muslims who might be offended should leave the classroom before showing the images. It was reported that a man whose daughter was in Mr. Paty’s class recorded a video shared on social media in which he branded Mr. Samuel Paty a thug and appealed to others to “join forces and say ‘stop, don’t touch our children’’
In the process, Mr. Paty’s name and school address were also put on the internet, leading to him becoming a subject to an online hate and harassment campaign. The campaign was allegedly launched by the father of the girl pupil in Mr. Paty’s class.
Jean-François Ricard, the anti-terrorism prosecutor, said the killer went to the school on Friday afternoon, paid two teenage students $355 (equivalent to 300 Euros) to identify the teacher. He then followed him as he walked home from work on foot; attacked him, and then beheaded the victim after inflicting multiple wounds to the head with a knife.
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How the French government reacted
The French government was forced to summon Social Media bosses after it emerged the teen Islamic terrorist who beheaded a teacher may have been led to his victim by an online campaign of harassment.
The Pantin mosque, just north of Paris, was closed for six months by the French government after it emerged it had shared videos on Facebook calling for action against Mr. Paty. In one clip, posted just days before the attack, it also shared his school’s address.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, President Emmanuel Macron of France said the Sheikh Yassin Collective – an Islamist group named after the founder of the Palestinian militant group Hamas – would be outlawed for being “directly involved” in the killing.
The 48-year-old father, who has been named in French media only as Brahim C, is believed to have issued a “fatwa” against the teacher and reportedly with two kids exchanged a number of text messages with Mr. Paty’s killer as well as prior to the attack and m barbarous murder.
Mr. Paty’s killer, 18-year-old Abdoulakh Anzorov, was born in Moscow and his family is from Russia’s Muslim-majority Chechnya region in the North Caucasus but had lived in France since 2008.
A police official said the murderer has shot dead about 600 meters away from where the Geography and History teacher was murdered. Police opened fire after he refused to lay down his arms, rather acting in a threatening fashion. The killer had been armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets. There was speculation the teenager carried the imitation gun to ensure he would be shot dead by police.
Before police shot him dead, he posted a photo of his victim’s severed head on Twitter – where it was seen by some of his pupils.
Islamic ”faithfuls” forbid the display of images of Prophet Mohammed and Allah (God), asserting the sin of idolatry.
The beheading of the teacher has since deepened divisions in France’s secular identity. Tens of thousands of people took part in rallies across the country on Sunday to honour Mr. Paty and defend freedom of speech. A ceremony paying tribute to the deceased teacher will be held at the Sorbonne University in Paris on Wednesday.
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