A Chechen immigrant allegedly stabbed and killed a teacher in France while screaming, “Allahu akbar.”
The French had the Chechen man on its terror watchlist:
It happened outside a school in the city of Arras, about 115 miles north of Paris, near the border with Belgium, and a suspect is in custody, according to France Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
A bystander recorded part of the attack on cellphone video. It appears to have been taken from an upstairs window and shows a violent altercation in a paved courtyard. It shows a group of men struggling – one of whom is holding a chair who falls down.
The attacker kicks him as onlookers warn, “He has a knife,” according to a Reuters translation of the clip.
Another man picks up the chair from the one who fell and appears to try and scare off the attacker, but he slips. The assailant then jumps on him, swinging several times at his face and chest. The victim stands up, stumbles for a few feet and then collapses as the clip ends.
One person died and at least one other suffered injuries.
President Emmanuel Macron said the victim “probably saved many lives.”
The suspect’s recent phone calls did not cause officials to believe had plans to attack. They think it was a sudden act.
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