Eleven people were still in custody on Sunday, while investigators retrace the course of the attack which claimed the life of a history and geography teacher.
Two days after the beheading of Samuel Paty, the history-geography teacher who had shown his students caricatures of Muhammad, investigators are trying to trace the assailant’s path and what prompted him to move on to the act. Several people have been placed in police custody since Friday and are still auditioned this Sunday.
The course of the attack becomes clearer
According to the JDD, the assailant went to the college in Bois-d’Aulne with the help of a relative who took him by car. The same relative presented himself to the police station on his own on Friday. He assures that he was not aware of the planned attack. The police also heard from another person who was present when Abdoullakh A. bought the dagger which the police found on his body riddled with bullets. However, this is not the murder weapon.
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In addition the JDD indicates that the assailant allegedly managed to identify Samuel Paty with the help of students whom they allegedly asked for “non-aggressive” help around 5 p.m. After recognizing the teacher, Abdoullakh A. allegedly waited for him to be away to kill him with several stab wounds, before beheading him, he said. The Parisian.
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At 5:11 p.m., the police from the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine anti-crime brigade were called by the municipal police officers from Eragny-sur-Oise, in the Paris region, who discovered the body of a beheaded man on the public highway, reported Saturday the prosecutor of the national anti-terrorism prosecution (PNAT), Jean-François Ricard. Arriving, the police try to stop a man who shoots in their direction “five times” with “a handgun”, continued Jean-François Ricard. The police respond, the aggressor succumbs to “9 impacts”. He was armed with an Airsoft type ball gun and a dagger. According to Jean-François Ricard, the man tried to get up and stab the police officers.
The profile of the attacker emerges
The assailant, Abdoullakh A., is an 18-year-old Chechen Russian born in Moscow. Known for a common law record, he has never been convicted. He was not known to the intelligence services for radicalization, according to several sources familiar with the matter. On March 4, 2020, he obtained a residence permit valid until March 2030. He had refugee status and lived in Evreux in Normandy.
His neighbors present him as a “discreet” young man, “immersed in religion” for three years. Jean-François Ricard explained that the investigators had found in his mobile phone the text of the claim sent on Twitter. This text was written at 12:17 pm They also discovered the photo of the victim’s head sent at 4:57 pm on Twitter. This photo was accompanied by a message addressed to Emmanuel Macron, “the leader of the infidels”, explaining wanting to take revenge on the one “who dared to belittle Muhammad”.
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Relatives of the assailant reportedly noticed a change in his behavior a few days before the attack, notes the JDD. He would have evoked several times and with virulence the videos in which Samuel Paty was pinned for showing his students caricatures of Muhammad.
Eleven people still in custody
Eleven people were in police custody this Sunday, including the assailant’s parents, grandfather and younger brother, arrested in Evreux. The father of the student who called for mobilization against the teacher was also questioned. He was arrested in Chanteloup-les-Vignes. The man who had accompanied him to college to complain about the professor and had interviewed his daughter in a video, the Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui, active in France since the mid-2000s, as well as his companion, are also.
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Jean-François Ricard stressed that the student’s father had a half-sister, who left in 2014 to join the Islamic State in Syria organization and is the subject of a search warrant. The prosecutor made no link between this father, his entourage and the assailant. Finally, three people who had been in contact with the attacker, who spontaneously presented themselves to the Evreux police station on Friday evening, are also in police custody.