France’s decapitation suspect had no connection to Russia


                                        L'agresseur a été abattu par la police alors qu'ils tentaient de l'arrêter et est décédé plus tard des suites de ses blessures.

                                        <span>Une photo montre des fleurs et une pancarte indiquant `` Je suis professeur, je suis Samuel '' à l'entrée d'un collège à Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, à 30 km au nord-ouest de Paris, le 17 octobre 2020, après qu'un enseignant a été décapité par un agresseur qui a été abattu par des policiers.  Image: AFP.
MOSCOW – An 18-year-old Chechen accused of beheading a teacher near his school in a Paris suburb has been granted asylum in France and has no ties to Russia, a Russian diplomat said on Saturday.

“This crime has no connection with Russia because this person had lived in France for 12 years,” spokesman for the Russian embassy in Paris, Sergei Parinov, told the official TASS news agency.

Identifying the suspect – who was fatally injured by police – as Abdullakh Anzorov, Parinov said his family arrived in France when Anzorov was six years old and applied for asylum.

The young man received a residence permit this year, he added.

“He had no contact with the [Russian] embassy, ​​”Parinov said.

He said it was “important not to know where a person was born” but when and why they adopted “terrorist ideology”.

Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old teacher, was beheaded outside his school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, northwest of the French capital, on Friday.

The attacker was shot dead by police as they tried to arrest him and later died of his injuries.

The teacher had been the target of online threats for showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in class.

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