Recently, a teacher named Samuel Paty was beheaded in France for showing cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in his class. Chechen Abdullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old radical Islamist, committed this crime. He was subsequently shot dead by the cops.
Agence France-Presse (AFP) has now reported that Anzorov had been in contact with a Russian-speaking jihadist in Syria. Le Parisien newspaper has revealed that the jihadist had been traced through an Internet Protocol (IP) address that was sourced back to a north-western city in Syria named Idlib.
The report adds that the exact identity of the Anzorov’s contact from the middle-eastern country is not yet certain.
French President Emmanuel Macron has called the gruesome killing an Islamist Terror Attack. Macron who has publicly paid tribute to Paty is also overseeing a nationwide crackdown on radical Islamists.
“Samuel Paty … became the face of the Republic, of our will to shatter terrorists, to (do away with) Islamists, to live like a community of free citizens in our country. We will continue. Samuel Paty was the victim of a conspiracy of stupidity, hate, lies … hate of the other … hate of what we profoundly are,” Indian Express quoted Macron saying.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 999/year is the best way you can support our efforts.