Murder of Samuel Paty
Samuel Paty was a middle-school teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France. On 16 October 2020 he was killed and beheaded by an Islamic terrorist. The perpetrator, Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, was an 18-year-old Muslim Russian refugee of Chechen ethnicity. Paty had shown his students Charlie Hebdo’s 2012 cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
About Murder of Samuel Paty in brief
Samuel Paty was a middle-school teacher in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, France. On 16 October 2020 he was killed and beheaded by an Islamic terrorist. The perpetrator, Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, was an 18-year-old Muslim Russian refugee of Chechen ethnicity. Paty had, in a class on freedom of expression, shown his students Charlie Hebdo’s 2012 cartoons depicting the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The response of the French government has been criticized by many Muslims, including Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, some of who have called for a boycott of French goods. The murder was the second terrorist attack in France during the 2020 trial at which alleged accomplices to the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the January 2015 Île-de-France attacks are arraigned for terrorism targeting the cartoons’ publishers. Ten people have been charged with assisting the killer, including an imam, a parent of a student, and two students at Paty’s school. He had posted signs of radicalization on his Twitter account on 30 August on his account. On 13 September 2020, he made a thread denouncing the state of Saudi Arabia, claiming to have lost control of his father’s Twitter account. His father, a worker at the Pharos platform, reported that his son had lost control and posted a picture of the beheading of a man without the caption ‘‘I am a martyr,’’ ’ he wrote.
He claimed responsibility for the attack just after it in an audio message in Russian in which he says he is ready to be a ‘shahid’ and that he had ‘avenged the prophet’s death’. In a video broadcast on Instagram, he referred to Samuel Paty as ‘a man who had insulted him in an insulting manner’, he said. He also referred to others, including the Islamic State, he called ‘the State’ and said they ‘do not understand’ his action. He was shot and killed by police minutes after the attack, and was not noticed by security agencies, though he had previously been in court on minor misdemeanour charges. He had been in communication with two unidentified jihadists in Syria, including a Russian-speaking one, located through their IP addresses at Idlib, Syria, under the control of the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham organization, which denied responsibility. In March 2020, the family had received refugee status and 10-year residency cards in France. The family came from the village of Shalazhi in Chechnya, a Muslim-majority republic and federal subject of the Russian Federation. He lived ten minutes away from the middle school, in the small town of Éragny, Val-d’Oise, and had no apparent connection with the teacher or the school. The teacher was married and the father of a five-year old boy.