School setting in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, France
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Russia cannot be held responsible for the murder of a history and geography teacher at one of the French colleges in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Saint-Honorine, of which an 18-year-old native of Moscow is suspected of committing. This was reported to RBC by the press attaché of the Russian Embassy in France, Sergei Parinov.
The diplomat recalled that earlier at a press conference, the French prosecutor had confirmed the Russian origin of the murder suspect and his family.
“They entered France in 2008, while the offender himself, who was shot during the arrest, was then at the age of six. Based on this, we believe that Russia cannot bear any responsibility for the tragedy that occurred in France, which we deeply sympathize with, ”the diplomat said.
According to Parinov, in such situations, it is not so much where a person was born that matters, but where he was formed as a person, where he took the path of radicalization and terrorism, “which Russia has long consistently condemned in all its manifestations.”
“It must be stated that in this case it happened in France. The representatives of the embassy remain in full contact with the employees of the French interior affairs to find out further details and circumstances of the tragedy that happened yesterday, ”the diplomat added.
According to prosecutor Jean-François Ricard, the 18-year-old attacker had refugee status and lived in Evreux (the administrative center of the Ayr department), RTL radio reports.
French prosecutors reveal details about teacher’s murder
The attack on the teacher near the college in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine occurred on October 16 at about 17:00 (18:00 Moscow time). The attacker tracked down the teacher at the college, attacked him and beheaded him.
According to French media reports, the motive for the murder could have been the fact that the deceased during one of the classes showed students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. After that, he and the college began receiving threats.
As reported by the BFM TV channel, the attack was carried out by an 18-year-old native of Moscow, who was a Chechen by nationality. According to the TV channel, before the attack, the man shouted the phrase “Allahu Akbar”.
After the murder, the suspect posted a snapshot of the teacher’s severed head on Twitter. He accompanied his post with a comment that the teacher was “executed” for “humiliating the Prophet Muhammad”. After the murder, the young man tried to walk to the neighboring commune of Eragny, but the police noticed him. During the arrest, law enforcement officers shot him dead.
Subsequently, BFM TV reported that the attacker’s name was Abdulakh Anzorov. Despite the fact that he did not differ in radical views, there is information that Anzorov was in a gang.
Nine people were arrested in the murder case, including relatives of the alleged offender. French President Emmanuel Macron called the incident “a typical Islamist terrorist act.”