9 People Detained Over Beheading Of Teacher In Paris Suburb

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Authorities say an 18-year-old Chechen refugee attacked the teacher after a lesson in which caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad were shown. Among those arrested were members of the suspect's family.
9 People Detained Over Beheading Of Teacher In Paris Suburb

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Officials in France say they've detained nine people in connection to the brutal beheading of a teacher who had allegedly shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a civic lessons.

Police say the teacher was near his school in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on Friday when an 18-year-old Chechen refugee attacked him and cut his throat. Authorities say the attacker was later shot dead by police after he didn't respond to commands to disarm and acted threateningly.

Citing French media, the BBC reports that the teacher began receiving death threats following a lesson on freedom of expression in which the caricatures were said to be shown. The lesson was set in the context of an ongoing trial over the 2015 killings at Charlie Hebdo, the satirical newspaper that came under attack for its caricature of the Prophet Muhammad.

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