Police in Paris have arrested nine people after a teacher was beheaded in Paris suburb.
Some of the detainees are four relatives of the suspect. A minor was included among those arrested. They were arrested in the immediate aftermath of the attack.
The French police have arrested nine people after a suspect was beheaded according to the report.
The school teacher was beheaded in broad daylight on the street in a Paris suburb on Friday, police sources said.
The teacher, Samuel Paty, had recently shown students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. Later he was beheaded outside his school.
Police shot the attacker dead minutes after he murdered the 47-year-old history teacher.
Paty had earlier this month shown his pupils cartoons of the prophet in a civics class on the freedom of expression. This angered a number of Muslim parents.
Muslims believe that any depiction of the prophet is blasphemous.
The killing was described by French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday as a “terrorist attack”.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jean Castex said:
“I want to share with you my total indignation. Secularism, the backbone of the French Republic, was targeted in this vile act.”
Four relatives of the attacker, including a minor, were detained in the immediate aftermath of the attack in the middle-class suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.
However, five more people were detained overnight. Among them were two parents of pupils at the College du Bois d’Aulne where the teacher was teaching.
“My daughter is in pieces, terrorised by the violence of such an act. How will I explain to her the unthinkable?” one father wrote on Twitter.
However, Muslim leaders condemned the killing. While many public figures perceived it as an attack on the essence of French statehood and its values of secularism, freedom of worship and freedom of expression.
Furthermore, Tareq Oubrou, the imam of a Bordeaux mosque, said:
“It is not a civilisation that kills an innocent person, it is barbarity.”
“Every day that passes without incident we give thanks,” he said. “We are between hammer and anvil. It attacks the republic, society, peace and the very essence of religion, which is about togetherness.”
Over the past several years, France has seen a series of violent attacks. These include bombings and shootings in November 2015 at the Bataclan theatre and sites around Paris.
The attack killed 130 people.
In laye September 2020, a man who emigrated to France from Pakistan used a meat cleaver to attack and wound two people. This happened outside the former offices of satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo.
That was the spot where armed men gunned down employees of the magazine five years ago in retaliation for the magazine’s publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.
Moreover, the issue of the cartoons was revived last month. That was when Charlie Hebdo decided to republish them to coincide with the start of the trial of accomplices in the 2015 attack.