Terrorist attack: a teacher killed and two seriously injured in a knife attack at a French high school

The murder this Friday of a teacher in a high school in the French city of Arras by a former student of Chechen origin, who was being monitored by the secret services for his links with Islamic fundamentalism, which also caused two other injuries, is a terrorist attack.

The National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) has announced in a statement that it has taken charge of the investigation into charges of terrorist murder, attempted terrorist murder and terrorist association to prepare attacks. The PNAT specified that the coordination of the investigations has been entrusted to the Anti-Terrorist Subdirectorate of the Police (SDAT).

The events occurred around 11:00 local time (09:00 GMT) in the morning at the Gambetta high school in Arras. A young man of about twenty years old, who had been a student there, He stabbed a teacher who was slit and wounded the director and another employee. from that secondary school, according to the media. The murderer uttered Islamist proclamations during his action, according to the media. Specifically, witnesses to the event heard him say “Allah is the greatest” in Arabic.

The French Minister of the Interior, Gerald Darmanin, indicated on his Twitter account that the perpetrator of the attack has been arrested. A brother of his has also been arrested, according to BFMTV near another educational center. The Elysée noted that the French president, Emmanuel Macronwill move to Arras in the next few hours, where the Minister of Education, Gabriel Attal, is also expected.

In the absence of precise elements, this event has some similarities with the murder on October 16, 2020 of the professor Samuel Patty, near the school where he taught in Conflans Sainte Honorine, in the Paris region, by a Chechen fundamentalist terrorist who had taken refuge with his family in France. And it comes after the brutal Hamas terrorist attack and Israel’s response to the Gaza Strip.

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