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Anti-terror investigation underway after fatal attack in Paris street

PARIS – A man was stabbed to death in a French street on Friday and police have shot the suspected killer dead, Paris police said.

The French anti-terrorism prosecutor has opened an investigation into the slaying for murder with a suspected terrorist motive, the prosecutor’s office said. The gruesome incident occurred in the town of Eragny, in the Val d’Oise region northwest of Paris.

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The stabbing victim is reported to be a history teacher who opened a discussion with students on caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

A police official said the suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun was shot to death by police about 600 metres (yards) from where the male teacher was killed. The teacher had been threatened after opening a discussion “for a debate” about the caricatures, the police official told The Associated Press.

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The official could not be named, not being authorized to discuss ongoing investigations.

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It was the second terrorism-related incident since the opening of an ongoing trial on the newsroom massacre in Jan. 2015 at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The paper recently republished caricatures of the prophet. A young man from Pakistan was arrested after stabbing, outside the newspaper’s former offices, two people who suffered non life-threatening injuries.

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