A gunman has been shot dead by police, minutes after reportedly slitting a history teacher’s throat near a school in a suburb of Paris. France’s anti-terror prosecutor said it was investigating the attack, which took place in the north-west neighbourhood of Conflans Sainte-Honorine, around 25 miles from the city centre. The teacher had recently opened up a discussion with students on freedom of expression and caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad before he was beheaded, a police official said. A source told Le Parisien that the attacker who confronted the victim with a kitchen knife was a parent of a student, but this is yet to be confirmed.
The suspected attacker was spotted by a police patrol while carrying a knife a short distance from the scene of the attack. A police source said that witnesses had heard the attacker shout ‘Allahu Akbar’, or ‘God is Great’.
Images of a body lying in the road were circulated online before terror police confirmed they were investigating the attack (Picture: LCI) People at the scene this evening in the Paris suburb of Conflans St Honorine (Picture: Reuters) The attacker reportedly ‘waved his gun’ and refused to surrender before police shot him (Picture: Unpixs) An investigating source said: ‘The body of decapitated man was found at around 5.30 in the afternoon. ‘When police arrived, the person thought to be responsible was still present and threatened them with his weapons.’ The unidentified killer then fled to the nearby town of Eragny-sur-Oise, around two miles away, where he refused to surrender. The source added: ‘He was waving a gun by this time and further threatened officers.This is when he was shot dead by police.. Around ten shots were heard.’ It comes almost a month after two people were attacked with a meat cleaver outside the former Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo. The magazine has been operating in a secret location ever since extremists massacred 12 people in 2015, over the publishing of controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.