French police officers gather after a history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad was decapitated in a street north of Paris. The area has been cordoned off and a demining unit has been called to scene.
French President Emmanuel Macron described the incident as an "Islamist terror attack" and urged the nation to unite. The attacker refused to surrender and allegedly threatened police officers with a knife.
The victim of the attack was a local middle school teacher, according to French police.
The suspected attacker was seen by a police patrol vehicle carrying a knife just a scort distance from where the attack took place.
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Anti-terrorist prosecutors are investigating the attack as the work of a "suspected terrorist".
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An ID card was found at the scene but police were verifying the identity, the police official said. French media say about 10 gunshots were heard.
Police responded to reports of a "suspicious man" loitering near the school.
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As authorities worked to establish a more complete picture, the potential motive of seeking revenge for the Muhammad cartoons led investigators to quickly consider the case a terrorist attack, Le Monde reported.
The suspect did not have a child at the school, AP said.
Weeks later, two people were stabbed outside the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo in an assault that authorities later said had been created to attack the newspaper's journalists a second time. They did not suffer threatening injuries.The 18-year-old told police he was upset about the publication of the caricatures.
That attack came three weeks into an ongoing trial of suspected accomplices of the authors of the January 2015 attacks on Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket, which also saw a policewoman gunned down in the street.
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As the trial opened, the paper republished caricatures of the prophet to underscore the right of freedom of expression. He called on other angry parents to contact him, and relay the message.