Decapitated French teacher warned not to show Prophet Muhammad images before 'Islamist' attack

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A teacher in France was warned not to show caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, days before he was decapitated in what Emmanuel Macron called an 'Islamist attack.'
PARIS — A student said he warned his teacher about showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, considered blasphemous by Muslims, days before he was decapitated on a Paris street in what French President Emmanuel Macron called an "Islamist terrorist attack."

Martial Lusiela, 15, told NBC News he was "shocked" by Friday afternoon's attack in the middle-class suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, north-west of the French capital.

"I didn't expect a decapitation — it went too far," he said, speaking with the permission of his parents, shortly after the incident that left his 47-year-old history teacher dead.

French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard identified the victim as Samuel P.

Ricard told reporters on Saturday that the attacker, who he identified as Abdoullakh Aboutezidovitch A., was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee. He said he had been armed with a knife and an airsoft gun that fired plastic pellets. He was shot dead by police shortly after the incident.

Born in Moscow, the teenager had been granted a 10-year residency in France and was not known to intelligence services, Ricard said.

A text claiming responsibility for the attack and a photograph of the victim were found on the suspect's phone, he said, adding that the suspect had been seen at the school asking students about the teacher, and the headmaster had also received several threatening phone calls.

Ricard said Samuel had sustained multiple injuries and that an investigation for murder with a suspected terrorist motive, had been opened.

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