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47-year-old beheaded in Terror Attack named as teacher Samuel Paty

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The teacher killed in a suburb of Paris in an Islamist terror attack has been named as Samuel Paty.

Mr Paty, 47, was “assassinated” according to President Macron.

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The history teacher, who is said to have discussed images of the Prophet Muhammad with his pupils, was beheaded, it has been reported.

The suspected attacker was shot dead about 600 metres from the scene, according to the AP news agency.

It happened on a street in Conflans Sainte-Honorine, northwest of the French capital, at about 5pm local time.

Emmanuel Macron called it a “cowardly attack”, saying that the man was a “victim of an Islamist terrorist attack” and was killed because he “taught the freedom of expression, of believing and not believing”.

According to Le Parisien newspaper the attacker was 18 years old and of Chechen origin.

Sky’s Adam Parsons, who is at the scene, says he was not thought to be on any watchlist.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutors have said nine suspects have also been arrested, including the grandparents, parents and 17-year-old brother of the attacker.

Mr Paty reportedly showed images of the Prophet Muhammad in class during a discussion about freedom of expression on 5 October.

A complaint was made and the teacher was later spoken to by police.

The suspect did not have a child at the school according to reports.

Education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer tweeted that the republic had been attacked through the “despicable assassination of one of its servants”.

He added that “unity and firmness are the only answers to the monstrosity of Islamist terrorism”.

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