18:52 GMT28 October 2020
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    Conflicting media reports suggest that a middle school teacher from Conflans-Sainte-Honorine has been either decapitated or stabbed in the throat after allegedly showing a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad to his class.

    Sputnik is live from a suburb northwest of Paris, where a man suspected of killing a school teacher was shot dead on Friday. The suspect reportedly slit his victim’s throat in the street after the latter had shown a Prophet Muhammad cartoon to pupils during a lesson. Other media outlets suggest that the attacker beheaded the teacher. It is being also reported that the knifeman shouted “Allahu Akbar” at the moment of the attack.

    France’s National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) said a probe has been launched into the attack; President Macron is expected to visit the scene of crime on the Friday evening.

    Showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad is considered blasphemous by Muslims and has triggered a series of attacks in Europe, including a high profile 2015 attack on the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo over its publication of such caricatures.

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