Investigators leading the case of a terrorist attack on a church in Nice have discovered its connection to the murder of history and geography teacher Samuel Pati near Paris. On the phone of the attacker, they found a photograph of a Chechen who had dealt with a teacher.
Representatives of anti-terrorist structures said that on his device there were other images associated with terrorist groups, as well as an audio recording in which France is called “the country of the infidels.”
Partially restored the actions of the criminal for several days before the attack: he arrived in Nice by train from Rome two days before the attack and appeared at least four times near the church, which he subsequently attacked.
In late October, a series of armed attacks took place in France against the background of the conflict between President Emmanuel Macron and Muslim communities. In particular, on October 29, an immigrant from Tunisia, Ibrahim Al Aouisawi, attacked the Church of Notre Dame de Nice in Nice with a knife. As a result, three people were killed, the killer cut the throats of two victims. The attacker was wounded by the police during the arrest, he was hospitalized. The previously unknown group “Al-Mahdi in the south of Tunisia” claimed responsibility for the incident.
The attack occurred 13 days after the beheading of a teacher in a suburb of Paris. The teacher Samuel Pati was watched by the college, killed and beheaded by 18-year-old Chechen Abdulakh Anzorov, who was later shot by the police. The reason for the murder was the teacher’s demonstration of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in the classroom at school.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the murder of the teacher a terrorist attack. According to him, Pati died for “teaching children freedom of speech, freedom to believe or not to believe,” the head of state also said about the “crisis of Islam.”