Leicester Mercury

French militant group dissolved after teacher’s beheading


THE French government has issued an order to dissolve a domestic militant Islamic group after the beheading of a teacher who showed students caricature­s of the Prophet Muhammad.

Government spokesman Gabriel Attal said the Collective Cheikh

Yassine group was formally banned during a Cabinet meeting because it was “implicated, linked to Friday’s attack”.

Other groups will be dissolved “in the coming weeks” for similar reasons, he said. Mr Attal also confirmed the government has ordered a mosque in the north-east Paris suburb of Pantin to close for six months.

A terror investigat­ion is under way into teacher Samuel Paty’s death. The killer has been identified by authoritie­s as Abdoullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old Moscowborn Chechen refugee who was later shot dead by police.

Named after an assassinat­ed leader of the Palestinia­n Hamas, Collective Cheikh Yassine was founded by a man who is among the individual­s detained for questionin­g in the teacher’s killing.

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