Police and prosecutors said a history teacher, who put a class in Prophet Mohammed’s class, was pronounced dead on Friday and his attacker shot and killed French police.
French counterterrorism prosecutors said they were investigating the 5 p.m. (3 p.m. GMT) attack on the outskirts of Paris, near a school in Conflance Saint-Honorin, on the western outskirts of the French capital. .
According to a police source, the victim was a history teacher who recently spoke in the Prophet Muhammad’s class.
Prosecutors said they were treating the incident as “a murder involving a terrorist organization” and a “criminal relationship with terrorists”.
The allegations are similar to the allegations made last month against a 25-year-old Pakistani who injured two people in a meat grinder attack to avenge the publication of the cartoon of Prophet Muhammad by the satirical weekly Charlie Babdo.
The attacker seriously injured two employees of a television production agency, whose offices are in the same building where Charlie Hebdo lived. Both survived.
The attack came three weeks after the start of the ongoing trial of suspected Charlie Hebdo accomplices and perpetrators of the January 2015 attacks on a Jewish supermarket, in which a police officer was seen shooting a gun in the street.
Seventeen people have been killed in a three-day frenzy that sparked a wave of Islamic violence in France that has killed more than 250 people so far.
The trial has escalated protests across France, with thousands of protesters rallying against Charlie Hebdo and the French government.
A police source said police arrived at the scene on Friday after calling the school about a suspicious person.
There, they found the man dead and saw a suspect armed with a knife-shaped weapon placed nearby, who threatened him when he tried to stop them.
The source said he opened fire and seriously injured him. The forensic source said he later died of his injuries.
A police source said the scene was cordoned off due to the suspected presence of an explosive vest and sent to a demining unit.
Interior Minister Gerald Dermannin returns to Paris shortly after talks with Prime Minister Jean Castex and President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to Morocco, his office said.
The president’s office said Macron was due to join key ministers in a crisis group set up at the Interior Ministry.
The attack comes only after a follower of the militant group Islamic State, who attacked a policeman with a hammer in front of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, was sentenced to 28 years in prison.
On June 6, 2017, Farid Iken, 43, accused police officers patrolling outside the church shouting “This is for Syria”.