A teacher was killed and several others were injured. One of the wounded is said to be in critical condition.
This is what the French police told the TV channel BFMTV.
At around 11 a.m. on Friday, a knife attack occurred at Gambetta secondary school in Arras, northern France. The incident was confirmed by French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
One student at the school told the regional newspaper Voice of the North:
-We were on our way out of the cashier’s room, heading to the canteen. Then we saw two men with knives and they were about to attack the teacher. It was full of blood. At the same time, he tried to calm the attacker and protect us. He said we should leave from there. We didn’t understand what was happening, but we ran away.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that he is on his way to Arras, accompanied by French Education Minister Gabriel Attal.
This is the suspect
The suspect is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the incident and was in the police spotlight for extremism. He has now been arrested by the police.
French police say they do not yet see any connection to the war in Israel and Palestine, according to what Reuters reported.
BFMTV says the suspect was born in 2003 and is a former student at the school. The channel learned about this from a police source.
They reported that the suspect was a man with a Chechen background.
Le Figaro I write that the perpetrator’s brother should also be arrested because he was close to another school. He did not have a weapon with him.
The French authorities are investigating the incident as a terrorist act.
Nearly three years since Patty was beheaded
The incident occurred nearly three years after the killing of teacher Samuel Paty. On October 16, 2020, Paty, who was then working at a school in Yvelines, France, was murdered by Abdullahi Anzorov.
He was an 18-year-old Chechen who claimed that Paty showed caricatures of Muhammad to his students.
Samuel Paty was beheaded in a suburb of Paris.
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