First picture of murdered French history teacher beheaded by Islamist terrorist during horror knife attack


A teacher who was decapitated after showing a nude cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in a French school has been pictured for the first .

Samuel Paty, 47, had received several threats before he was murdered by an 18-year-old Russian national on Friday afternoon.

The history teacher was attacked in a street on the outskirts of Paris amid claims the assailant, identified as Aboulakh A, shouted Allahu Akbar during the horror incident.

Samuel Paty died on Friday after being attacked in a French street

The Islamist terrorist was gunned down by police after cutting off the victim’s head with a kitchen knife in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine area, the Mirror reports.

On Saturday, a staff member at the Bois-d’Aulne college in the town, where Mr Paty had taught history and geography, confirmed his colleague had been “concerned for his safety”.

“Samuel had angered parents by showing a picture of a nude Prophet Mohammed to kids in his freedom of expression class, and there had been threats against him,” said the source.

The depiction of Mohammed displaying his buttocks had been published by Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine which was attacked by al-Qaeda linked gunman in 2015.

French police shot the attacker

Twelve people were murdered around the publication’s offices in Paris, after the terrorists accused them of blasphemy before being gunned down themselves.

In the latest attack, Aboulakh A was heard to shout ‘Allahu Akbar’ – Arabic for “God is the greatest” – before posting a video of Mr Paty’s decapitated head on social media.

Nine people, including members of Aboulakh A’s immediate family, were placed in custody in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Floral tributes for the French history teacher have been left at the scene

Those arrested also included the father of a pupil at the Bois-d’Aulne college who had posted a YouTube video calling for people to complain about Mr Paty’s behaviour in class, and calling the teacher “a thug”.

Anti-terrorist prosecutors are investigating the attack on him, and linking it with radical Islamism.

Thousands of battle-hardened Chechen refugees, including many devout Muslims, entered France in the early 2000s following two bloody wars against Russia.

The killer had posted anonymous messages online describing French president Emmanuel Macron as “leader of the infidel”.

In turn, Mr Macron said: “It was no coincidence that the terrorist killed a teacher because he wanted to kill the Republic and its values.”

There have been a series of bomb, gun and knife attacks carried out by Islamic State and al-Qaeda operatives in France, dating back to early 2015

The deadliest single terrorist attack ever in the country came in November 2015 when 130 people were killed in Paris.

Suicide bombers pledging allegiance to ISIS targeted the Stade de France, cafes, restaurants and the Bataclan music venue, where 90 died.

In July 2016, 86 people were killed and more than 400 injured when a 19-tonne truck was deliberately driven into crowds on the seafront promenade at Nice, in the South of France.

The terrorist turned out to be a Tunisian immigrant who was shot dead by police.

During the same month, two Isis terrorists murdered an 86-year-old Catholic priest during a church service in Normandy.

There have also been frequent knife attacks on the forces of law and order, leading to the deaths of serving police.

In October last year, a radicalised computer operative working at the Paris Prefecture in central Paris stabbed four of his colleagues to death.

The attacker – who was also shot dead – turned out to be a Muslim convert who kept extremist al-Qaeda and ISIS literature and images on his computer.