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Man shot by police after decapitating teacher in Paris

Last Updated Oct 16, 2020 at 4:07 pm EDT

A man wearing protective a face mask as precaution against the conoravirus walk at Trocadero plaza near Eiffel Tower in Paris, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. France sees a substantial increase of Covid-19 cases. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

A terror investigation has been launched after a middle school teacher was decapitated and killed in Paris.

The teacher, who is said to have opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, was killed in a French street and police have shot the suspected killer dead.

The French news agency says the officers found the victim and then located the suspect in Eragny.

He was threatening them with a knife-like weapon. The attacker was then killed by police.

According to NBC News, police in Paris say the teacher had recently been threatened by a parent after showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students in a debate to discuss freedom of expression.

A spokesperson at the scene says the attacker appeared to be wearing a vest though it was unclear whether it contained explosives.

The most recent attack is one of many to take place in Paris in recent years.

In September, two people were stabbed and wounded near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine where Islamist militants killed 12 people in 2015.

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