An 18-year-old man of Chechen origin has been identified as the suspect in Friday's beheading of a schoolteacher in a suburb of Paris, a French judicial source told CNN Saturday.
The victim was a teacher at a secondary school in the Conflans-Sainte-Honorine area, according to the French National Anti-Terror Prosecutor's office. The Moscow-born alleged attacker was shot dead by police on Friday afternoon in Éragny, the same area where the victim's body was found. Nine individuals have been taken in for questioning in relation to the attack, including the suspect's parents, grandfather and brother, the judicial source added.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the teacher was a "victim of an Islamist attack." Speaking at the scene of the attack, Macron said the educator was "killed because he was teaching students freedom of speech, the freedom to believe and not believe."
Multiple French media outlets, including CNN affiliate BFMTV, reported that the teacher recently showed controversial caricatures depicting the Prophet Mohammed to his students as part of a lesson on freedom of speech. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, some Muslim parents complained to the school about the teacher's decision to use one or more of the cartoons as part of a discussion about the Charlie Hebdo attacks.