Man Shot Dead By French Police After Killing Teacher In Paris Suburb
A man has been shot dead by French police after killing a middle school teacher by slitting his throat in the street of a suburb of Paris, Reuters reports.
According to media, the victim was a teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a classroom.
The suspect was spotted by police patrol while carrying a knife a short distance from the scene of the attack, which took place in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, a suburb north-west of Paris.
Le Parisien newspaper said the victim was 'horribly mutilated', while various other media reports say the teacher was decapitated.
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A police spokesman confirmed officers shot the suspect dead.
Earlier today, police told members of the public to avoid the area.
Évitez secteur boulevard de la commune de Paris et angle boulevard Salengro a Eragny sur Oise pic.twitter.com/iSWKgIMEhW- Police Nationale 95 (@PoliceNat95) October 16, 2020
France's anti-terror prosecutor said it was investigating the attack, while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin - who had been travelling to Morocco - confirmed he is returning urgently to Paris.
More to follow.
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