- A French history teacher has become the target of what the French government is calling an "Islamist terrorist attack"
- The incident took place outside the teacher's school in a suburb 30 kilometres from Paris city centre
- The teacher had shown his class cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in a discussion about freedom of expression
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A French teacher became the target of what the French government is calling an "Islamist terrorist attack".
The teacher had recently shown drawings of Prophet Mohammed to his students was attacked and brutally murdered outside his school on Friday.
The attacker shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") when the authorities confronted him. His identity has not been established but what is known that the police were forced to open fire on him and he later died of his injuries according to Reuters.
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The incident took place at 5 pm in Conflans Saint-Honorine, a suburb 30 kilometres from Paris city centre.
President Emmanuel Macron said that the attack bore all the hallmarks of a terror attack. He added that the nation stood behind and was prepared to defend its teachers.
The victim taught history and had shown his class pictures of the prophet Mohammed in a discussion about freedom of expression.
A parent reported that the controversy may have been created when he asked Muslim children to leave the class to avoid hurting their feelings according to the parent's son.
Not fewer than nine people are said to have been arrested in connection to the incident which has shocked the city of love.
Legit.ng notes that France has been at the receiving end of some attacks over the country's position on the Charlie Hebdo incident which led to the death of several people.
In Islam, it is considered a blasphemy to create caricatures of Prophet Mohammed but in France, it is believed that everyone has a right to express themselves, hence the continued support for Charlie Hebdo despite protests from Muslims.
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