Teacher be­headed, sus­pect killed

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - WORLD - By Elaine Ganley Elaine Ganley is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

PARIS — A his­tory teacher who opened a dis­cus­sion with high school stu­dents on car­i­ca­tures of Is­lam’s Prophet Muham­mad was be­headed on a French street on Fri­day and po­lice fa­tally shot the sus­pected killer, au­thor­i­ties said.

The French an­titer­ror­ism pros­e­cu­tor opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into mur­der with a sus­pected ter­ror­ist mo­tive, au­thor­i­ties said.

The grue­some killing of the teacher oc­curred in the town of Con­flan­sSain­teHonorine while the sus­pect was killed by po­lice in ad­join­ing Eragny. The towns are lo­cated in the Val d’Oise re­gion north­west of Paris.

A po­lice of­fi­cial said the sus­pect, armed with a knife and an air­soft gun — which fires plas­tic pel­lets — was shot dead about 600 yards from where the male teacher was killed af­ter the sus­pect failed to re­spond to or­ders to put down his arms, and acted in a threat­en­ing man­ner.

The teacher had re­ceived threats af­ter open­ing a dis­cus­sion “for a de­bate” about the car­i­ca­tures, a po­lice of­fi­cial told the As­so­ci­ated Press. The par­ent of a stu­dent had filed a com­plaint against the teacher, an­other po­lice of­fi­cial said, adding that the sus­pected killer did not have a child at the school. French me­dia re­ported the sus­pect was an 18yearold Chechen.

It was the sec­ond ter­ror­ism­re­lated in­ci­dent since the open­ing of a trial in the news­room mas­sacre in 2015 at the satir­i­cal news­pa­per Charlie Hebdo af­ter the publi­ca­tion of car­i­ca­tures of the prophet of Is­lam.

As the trial opened, the pa­per re­pub­lished car­i­ca­tures of the prophet to un­der­score the right of free­dom of ex­pres­sion. Three weeks ago, a young man from Pak­istan was ar­rested af­ter stab­bing two peo­ple out­side the news­pa­per’s for­mer of­fices. They suf­fered non­lifethreat­en­ing in­juries. The 18yearold told po­lice he was up­set about the publi­ca­tion of the car­i­ca­tures.

The in­ci­dent came as Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron’s gov­ern­ment is work­ing on a bill to ad­dress Is­lamist rad­i­cals who au­thor­i­ties claim are cre­at­ing a par­al­lel so­ci­ety out­side the val­ues of the French Repub­lic.

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