Anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said a text claiming responsibility and a photo of the victim were found on the attacker’s phone. He also confirmed that a Twitter account named Abdulakh-e was related to the suspect. A picture was posted of the decapitated head minutes after the attack with the message “I have killed one of the dogs from hell who dared to put Muhammad down.”
Rickard said the attacker was granted a 10-year residence in France as a refugee in March, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which extracts plastic pellets. His step sister joined ISIS in Syria in 2014, Rickard said. He did not give his name, and it was unclear where he is now.
France’s interior minister said on Monday that police work was underway on dozens of people who allegedly issued messages of support for the attackers after the murder of a history teacher near Paris.
Gerald Dermannin said on French Radio Europe 1 that at least 80 cases of abusive language have been reported since Friday’s attack.
Patty was killed by an 18-year-old Moscow-born Chechen refugee at the Conflance-Sainte-Honoraine, northwest of Paris, who was later shot dead by police.
French President Emmanuel Macron organized a Defense Council at the Elysée Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday. Macron’s office said the government would strengthen security in schools when it resumed on November 2 after a two-week holiday.
A national tribute to Patty is to be held on Wednesday.
Tens of thousands of protesters gathered across France on Sunday in support of freedom of expression and in memory of the slain 47-year-old teacher. Many Janey “Jae Suisse Prof” – I’m a teacher – echoed Jae Suis Charlie’s chants after the Charlie Hebdo attack in 2015, Kobe reports.
French authorities said they detained 11 people after the murder. Dermannin said they include the father of a student and an Islamist activist who both “explicitly initiate a fatwa, or religious regime,” against the teacher.
A man who said he was the father of a student posted a video on social media stating that Patty had shown an image of a naked man and told students that it was “a Prophet of Muslims.” She called on other angry parents to contact her, and relay the message.
Darmanin said officials were also looking into 50 unions suspected of encouraging hate speech. Some will be dissolved, he said.
“We are hurt, we are condemning this barbaric act,” said Hassan Chalgoumi, president of the Conference of Imams in France, on French news broadcaster BFM TV. “Samuel is a martyr of freedom.”
“Barbarism has no place in schools nor anywhere else in France,” he said.
Chalgoumi, who is an imam in Dransi, a suburb of Paris, said he has received death threats and insults on social media from radical Islamists in recent times.
Judicial authorities opened an investigation into the murder with a suspected terrorist motive. At least four of those detained are family members of the attacker, who was granted 10 years of residence in France as a refugee in March. He was armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, which fired with plastic bullets.