Three accused in connection with the murder of a French teacher

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French officials have charged three other suspects in the murder of French history professor Samuel Paty, according to a report.Paty, 47, was beheaded in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine last month after showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad as a way to discuss free speech in a class discussion. His killer, Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, was shot dead by police.

The cartoons were published in the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in September to mark the start of a trial in the 2015 attack on magazine staff by gunmen.

French police said the two detained men, both 18 – one is French and the other of Russian-Chechen descent – were in contact with Paty’s killer Anzorov. A 17-year-old woman has also been accused of coming into contact with one of the two men. She is currently in a youth detention center. The three, accused of “criminal terrorist conspiracy”, have been detained in different regions of France, according to AFP.

So far, ten people have been charged with the murder, including a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old accused of reporting Paty to his killer.

Paty’s murder sparked an uproar in France, leading French President Emmanuel Macron to announce a crackdown on Islamist terrorism.

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