Paris: A history teacher who had shown cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) in class was beheaded in northwestern suburb around 30 kilometres from the centre of the French capital and his assailant was shot dead by the police as they tried to arrest him.
Quoting officials, a report by international news agency Agence France-Presse, said that they were investigating the assault which happened on the outskirts of Paris at around 5 pm (1500 GMT) near a school in Conflans Saint-Honorine.
The victim was a history teacher who recently discussed caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ) in the class, the report said quoting police officials.
The report said that prosecutors were treating the incident as “a murder linked to militants” and related to a “criminal association with militants”.
The allegations are similar to charges brought last month against a 25-year old Pakistani man who wounded two people in a meat cleaver attack to avenge the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed (ﷺ) by the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.
The attacker seriously injured two employees of a TV production agency, whose offices are on the same block that used to house Charlie Hebdo.
Quoting police sources, the report said that they arrived at the scene after receiving a call about suspicious individual loitering near the school.
There they found the dead man and nearby sighted the suspect armed with a knife-like weapon who threatened them as they tried to arrest him.
They opened fire and injured him severely, the source said. He later died of his injuries, a judicial source said to the news agency.