Oct 20, 2020

France teacher attack: Mosque ordered to close over Facebook videos

The French government has ordered a mosque to close after it shared videos condemning Samuel Paty, the teacher who was killed on Friday after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils. The brutal killing of Mr Paty, 47, has shocked France. AFP. A man named as 18-year-old Abdoulakh A was shot dead by police after killing Mr Paty close to his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a north-western suburb of Paris. The father of a pupil who reportedly launched an online campaign against Mr Paty and a preacher described by French media as a radical Islamist are also among those arrested. The issue is particularly sensitive in France because of the decision by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. A trial is currently under way over the killing of 12 people by Islamist extremists at the magazine's offices in 2015 following their publication.

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