PARIS — A knife-wielding man decapitated a teacher near a school in a suburb north of Paris on Friday afternoon and was later shot dead by the police, according to officials quoted by French media.
A police officer with knowledge of the attack confirmed French media reports that the victim was a teacher at a local school who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed in class. The officer requested anonymity because of the ongoing investigation.
France’s antiterrorism prosecutors immediately took over the investigation, and Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin cut short a trip to Morocco to fly back to Paris.
There was little other information about either the victim, the attacker or the incident, which took place in the suburb of Eragny, immediately available.
A police union official told the French television station BFM on Friday that witnesses saw the assailant cutting the victim’s throat.
The national police were called, officials said, and after discovering the decapitated victim, confronted the assailant nearby, close to a school.
Brandishing a large knife, he threatened the officers, and after refusing to surrender, was shot 10 times, they said.
A prosecutor from the country’s special antiterrorism unit was immediately sent to investigate, officials said.