Abdulmonam Eassa / Pool / Getty ImagesFrench President Emmanuel Macron speaks in front of a high school on Oct. 16, 2020, in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of Paris, after a history teacher who opened a discussion with high school students on caricatures of Muhammad was beheaded. (Abdulmonam Eassa / Pool / Getty Images)
A suspect shot dead by police after beheading a history teacher in an attack near Paris was an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee, officials said Saturday.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said authorities investigating the killing of Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday also arrested nine suspects, including the teen’s grandfather, parents and 17-year-old brother.
Paty had discussed caricatures of Islam’s Muhammad with his class, leading to threats and a complaint from a parent, police officials said. Islam prohibits images of Muhammad.
The French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive had been opened.
Ricard told reporters that the suspect,