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French authorities: Muslim who killed man for Muhammad cartoons may not be ‘radicalized,’ may have ‘another motive’

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Published on: October 17, 2020

The man screamed “Allahu akbar” and beheaded his victim in accord with Qur’an 47:4. The victim had received death threats for days before the murder, all in connection with his showing Muhammad cartoons to his class. The willful ignorance here is absolutely staggering.

“Teacher beheaded in Paris suburb after showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed to class,” by David Chazan, Telegraph, October 16, 2020 (thanks to Darcy):

A history teacher who showed his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class was beheaded near his school in a Paris suburb on Friday by a suspected Islamist terrorist who shouted “Allahu Akbar”, police said.

Alerted by local residents, police confronted and shot dead a man armed with a kitchen knife and an air gun who refused to drop his weapons and surrender, and threatened them.

Minutes later, officers found the body of 47-year-old Samuel Paty, a history and geography teacher.

A bomb disposal unit was called in to check whether the presumed assailant was wearing a suicide vest or belt.

Witnesses told police they heard the assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” [‘God is the greatest’ in Arabic], police sources said….

The investigation is being directed by specialised anti-terrorism prosecutors.

“There are still questions about whether the killer was radicalised or whether there might have been another motive, but the investigation will clarify this and the working hypothesis is terrorism,” the source said.

An investigation has been launched into “murder in relation to a terrorist group” and “membership of a criminal terrorist group”.

The presumed killer, a Moscow-born ethnic Chechen, was not on France’s terror watch list but was known to police for petty crime….

Xavier Bertrand, centre-Right president of the Hauts-de-France region, said: “Islamist barbarity has taken aim at one of the symbols of the Republic: school. The terrorists want to shut us up, to bring us to our knees. They should know that we will not bend, they will never forbid us to read, write, draw, think, teach.”

Marine Le Pen of the far-Right National Rally, said: “A teacher beheaded for showing Charlie Hebdo caricatures. We are in France with this level of unbearable barbarity. Islamism is waging war on us: it is by force that we must drive them out of our country.”…

Article posted with permission from Robert Spencer

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