This is the first picture of a teacher who was beheaded after showing a cartoon of a naked prophet Muhammad to his class in a French school.
The victim was named Samuel Paty, 47, and his killer was identified as Aboulakh A, an 18-year-old Russian citizen of Chechen origin.
It turns out that Mr. Paty received threats prior to his gruesome murder.
The Islamist terrorist himself was shot dead by the police after cutting off the head of his victim with a kitchen knife in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday evening.
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On Saturday, a worker at the town’s Bois d’Aulne College, where Mr Paty taught history and geography, confirmed that his colleague was “concerned for his safety”.
“Samuel had upset parents by showing a picture of a naked prophet Muhammad to children in his free speech class and there were threats against him,” the source said.
The portrayal of Mohammed with his buttocks was published by Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine that was attacked in 2015 by an al-Qaeda-linked gunman.
Twelve people were murdered in the publication’s offices in Paris after terrorists accused them of blasphemy before being gunned down themselves.
In the recent attack, Aboulakh A was heard shouting “Allahu Akbar” – Arabic for “God is greatest” – before posting a video of Mr. Paty’s beheaded head on social media.
Nine people, including members of Aboulakh A’s immediate family, were taken into custody early on Saturday morning.
Those arrested also included the father of a student at Bois-d’Aulne College, who posted a YouTube video asking people to complain about Mr Paty’s behavior in class, and the teacher “a racket “called.
Counter-terrorism prosecutors are investigating the attack on him, linking it to radical Islamism.
Thousands of battle-hardened Chechen refugees, including many devout Muslims, came to France in the early 2000s after two bloody wars against Russia.
The killer had posted anonymous messages online describing French President Emmanuel Macron as “the leader of the infidels”.
In response, Mr. Macron said: “It was no accident that the terrorist killed a teacher because he wanted to kill the republic and its values.”
There have been a number of bomb, weapon and knife attacks carried out by Islamic state and al-Qaeda activists in France since early 2015
The deadliest terrorist attack ever in the country occurred in November 2015, when 130 people were killed in Paris.
Suicide bombers pledged allegiance to ISIS targeted the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the music venue Bataclan, where 90 people died.
In July 2016, 86 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a 19-ton truck was deliberately driven into the crowd on the beach promenade in Nice, southern France.
It turned out that the terrorist was a Tunisian immigrant who was shot by police.
That same month, two Isis terrorists murdered an 86-year-old Catholic priest during a church service in Normandy.
There were also frequent knife attacks on the forces of law and order, which resulted in the death of the serving police.
In October last year, a radicalized computer worker working in the Paris prefecture in central Paris stabbed four of his colleagues.
The attacker – who was also shot dead – turned out to be a Muslim convert who kept extremist al-Qaeda and ISIS literature and pictures on his computer.