Suspect in teacher’s beheading in France was Chechen teen

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Paris, France

PARIS (AP) — French authorities say a suspect shot dead by police after the beheading of a history teacher near Paris was an 18-year-old Chechen refugee unknown to intelligence services who posted a grisly claim of responsibility on social media minutes after the attack.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office says authorities have arrested nine suspects, including the teen’s grandfather, parents and 17-year-old brother.

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Authorities say the teacher had discussed caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad with his class.

Islam prohibits images of the prophet, asserting that they lead to idolatry.