Beheaded French teacher 'had a fatwa launched against him'

Dramatic footage shows the fatal stand-off between French police and the terrorist they shot dead last Friday after he beheaded a school teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class.  

Armed police yelled at the killer to 'throw your gun' and 'get on the ground' during the showdown in the Paris suburbs, but the terrorist ignored the repeated warnings and refused to drop his weapon. 

There were panicked cries when he aimed his gun, which were captured on amateur video from a nearby house, but his weapon was only a BB gun and his ammunition a supply of plastic pellets. 

With the suspect refusing to back down, the officers closed in and fired a succession of fatal gunshots, leaving the 18-year-old terrorist dead in the street.  

The killer, Chechen extremist Aboulakh Anzorov, is thought to have responded to a 'fatwa' issued against teacher Samuel Paty by an Islamic preacher and a parent of a girl in Paty's class, France's interior minister said today.   

The father, Brahim Chnina, whose 13-year-old daughter went to Paty's secondary school, had launched an online call for 'mobilisation' against the teacher and had sought his dismissal from the school over the cartoons. 

Chnina had named Paty and given the school's address in a social media post just days before the assault, which Macron labelled an Islamist terror attack. 

In addition, his half-sister is known to have joined ISIS in 2014, although her current whereabouts are unknown. 

Police today raided the homes of dozens of suspected militants in a crackdown which interior minister Gerald Darmanin said was intended to send a message that 'enemies of the Republic' will not enjoy 'a minute's respite'.  

Darmanin told Europe 1 radio that police operations were continuing against 'dozens of individuals' after 11 people were arrested over the weekend and Emmanuel Macron vowed new measures against extremism. 

He said there were about 80 investigations under way into online hate speech in France and that he was looking into whether or not certain groups from the French Muslim community should be dissolved.  

According to Le Monde, Anzorov had tried to bribe students with hundreds of euros for information about the teacher, with a 15-year-old pupil apparently among those arrested. The boy 'absolutely denies knowing what Anzorov was going to do,' said an investigating source.  

Dramatic footage shows the fatal stand-off between French police and the terrorist they shot dead last Friday after he beheaded a school teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class

Armed police yelled at the killer to 'throw your gun' and 'get on the ground' during the showdown in the Paris suburbs, but the terrorist ignored the repeated warnings and refused to drop his weapon

Dramatic footage filmed from a nearby house shows the fatal stand-off between French police and the terrorist they shot dead last Friday after he beheaded a school teacher who showed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class

The terrorist's body lying in the middle of the road after he was killed by French police following his refusal to surrender

The terrorist's body lying in the middle of the road after he was killed by French police following his refusal to surrender 

Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina (pictured), father of a 13-year-old girl in Paty's class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested

Teacher Samuel Paty (pictured) was beheaded in Paris on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class. His killer shared a video of the victim's severed head online

Father Brahim Chinina, left, mobilised complaints against teacher Samuel Paty, right, who was beheaded in Paris on Friday after he shared cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in class

A crowd of people gather at the Place de la Republique in Paris on Sunday to pay tribute to murdered teacher Samuel Paty

A crowd of people gather at the Place de la Republique in Paris on Sunday to pay tribute to murdered teacher Samuel Paty

Demonstrators have gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech after history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Pictured: Several people held signs reading 'Je suis Prof, Je suis Samuel' (meaning 'I am a teacher, I am Samuel) to echo the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Demonstrators have gathered in several French cities to support freedom of speech after history teacher Samuel Paty was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. Pictured: Several people held signs reading 'Je suis Prof, Je suis Samuel' (meaning 'I am a teacher, I am Samuel) to echo the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Thousands gathered in Place de la Reublique to pay tribute to a history teacher who was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class

Thousands gathered in Place de la Reublique to pay tribute to a history teacher who was brutally murdered by an Islamic extremist for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed to his class

Some placed placards outside Paty's school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine reading 'I am Samuel' that echoed the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of Mohammed

Some placed placards outside Paty's school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine reading 'I am Samuel' that echoed the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of Mohammed

A moment's silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Pictured: A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty that reads 'Je suis prof', 'I'm a teacher'

A moment's silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Pictured: A child holds up a poster of Samuel Paty that reads 'Je suis prof', 'I'm a teacher'

A protester in the French capital holds aloft a placard which reads 'they won't decapitate the Republic' in the wake of the brutal attack

A protester in the French capital holds aloft a placard which reads 'they won't decapitate the Republic' in the wake of the brutal attack

The thousands of demonstrators in central Paris were joined by French Prime Minister Jean Castex (left), Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (centre) and Paris deputy mayor Audrey Pulvar (right)

The thousands of demonstrators in central Paris were joined by French Prime Minister Jean Castex (left), Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo (centre) and Paris deputy mayor Audrey Pulvar (right)

French prime minister Jean Castex joined demonstrators on Sunday who staged a rally in tribute to Paty, 47.  

Thousands gathered in support of the slain teacher in a defiant show of solidarity at the Place de la Republique after the latest in a string of terror attacks in Paris. 

Some held placards reading 'I am Samuel' that echoed the 'I am Charlie' rallying cry after the 2015 attack on the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which published caricatures of Mohammed.

A moment's silence was observed across the square, broken by applause and a rendition of La Marseillaise, the French national anthem. Others chanted: 'Freedom of expression, freedom to teach.'

Demonstrators also gathered in other major cities including Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, Nantes, Marseille, Lille and Bordeaux.

It has been revealed that Islamist terrorist Anzorov filmed himself killing and then beheading Paty outside the gates of his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine before sharing a video of the victim's severed head to fellow ISIS supporters. 

Investigators believe 'support for ISIS and other links to extreme Islamism' prompted Anzorov to approach the Bois-d'Aulne school with weapons including a 14-inch kitchen knife and an air pistol.

Anzorov had travelled 50 miles from his home in Evreux to get to the school, where Mr Paty taught history and geography.

Anzorov 'had recently taken up boxing' and had been dismissed from a 'wrestling club in Toulouse' last year, a source told Le Parisien.

The club was registered by the French Wrestling Federation but was known for attracting radicalised youths, including many of Chechen origin.

Investigations are focusing on Brahim Chnina, the father of the 13-year-old girl in Paty's class, who denounced the teacher online and gave details of the school. He has since been arrested.

Branding Mr Paty a thug in a video posted on Twitter sometime in the last week, he asked the community to complain about the teacher's behaviour.  The killer is presumed to have seen the video and acted upon it.  

The killer's uncle told French television: 'He was a child. He was only 18. If he were still alive, I would have asked him: 'Why did you do that? What was going on your head?' He must have been influenced by someone.' 

The prosecutor leading the investigation, Jean-François Ricard, said that the suspect, who had been granted a 10-year residency as a refugee in March and was not known to intelligence services, had been armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fires plastic pellets. 

The Russian embassy in Paris said Anzorov's family arrived in France from Chechnya when he was six to seek asylum. 

It also emerged that Anzorov asked pupils at the French school to point out the teacher who had shared a Charlie Hebdo cartoon of the Prophet nude before targeting him.

Mr Paty had received threats after showing the cartoon during a class on freedom of speech about 10 days ago at the secondary school in middle-class Conflans-Sainte-Honorine.  

The teacher had invited Muslim students to leave the room before showing the caricature. Muslims believe that any depiction of the Prophet is blasphemous. 

However, one pupil stayed behind by mistake, and later told her Muslim parents. They filed a complaint against the teacher and held a meeting with Mr Paty, the school principal and an official from the education authority.     

A person holds a sign reading 'I am Samuel' as people gather on the Vieux Port in Marseille

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A person holds a sign reading 'I am Samuel' as people gather on the Vieux Port in Marseille

Pupils left messages to the teacher reading 'Thank you Mr. Paty to have taught us History and Freedom of Speech, We love you' (left) and 'Hommage to Mr. Paty' (right)

Pupils left messages to the teacher reading

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