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The 20-year-old terrorist from the Caucasus and registered S, who’s suspected of getting killed a trainer in Arras, can be offered on Tuesday to an anti-terrorism investigating choose. During a press convention, the anti-terrorism public prosecutor of Arras confirmed that the attacker had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The writer of the knife assault which killed a trainer in Arras should be offered, Tuesday October 17, to an anti-terrorism investigating choose, 4 days after an act claimed within the title of the Islamic State group which plunged the France in worry of jihadist assaults.

Eleven police custody instances had been in progress on the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate of the Judicial Police (Sdat) and on the General Directorate of Internal Security (DGSI) on Monday morning, earlier than the lifting of three of them throughout the day, in accordance to a police supply.

The anti-terrorism public prosecutor, Jean-François Ricard, throughout a press convention in Paris confirmed that the attacker had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Among these held in custody and certain indicted is the attacker, Mohammed Mogouchkov, 20 years outdated, arrested for radicalism. He claimed accountability for his actions on behalf of the Islamic State jihadist group in a video, we discovered on Tuesday from a supply shut to the matter.


Friday round 11:00 a.m., armed with a knife, he went to his former institution, the Gambetta-Carnot college campus. He fatally stabbed Dominique Bernard, a 57-year-old French trainer, then injured three different folks earlier than being arrested by a police patrol.

Mohammed Mogouchkov was adopted by the DGSI “since the end of July”, in accordance to Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin, by wiretapping and bodily surveillance measures.

He had been checked on Thursday, the day earlier than the incident, with out “any offense being held against him”, in accordance to an intelligence supply. There was no “failure in our services”, stated the President of the Republic, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday throughout a press convention in Tirana.

During his custody, he “did not explain himself”, in accordance to a police supply.

This assault, dedicated three years after the assassination of Professor Samuel Paty in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines), as soon as once more struck worry, significantly amongst lecturers.

France was instantly positioned in an “attack emergency” state of affairs, the very best degree of the Vigipirate vigilance and safety system.

Other nations worry terrorist acts, significantly in response to the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist motion Hamas.

Two Swedes had been killed on Monday night on the street in Brussels throughout an assault whose alleged perpetrator, a radicalized Tunisian residing illegally in Belgium, was fatally injured on Tuesday by the police.

“All European states are vulnerable” within the face of the return of “Islamist terrorism,” famous Emmanuel Macron.


In Arras within the morning, college students, former college students and residents continued to pray in entrance of the Gambetta college complicated.

“We were shocked, traumatized. This teacher sacrificed himself to surely save other lives,” testified Constant Butel, a ultimate yr scholar at a close-by highschool, after putting a flower on the sq..

The lecturers from the center and highschool met from 9 a.m. for a dialogue time, deliberate for Monday morning however canceled due to a short bomb menace.

Two of the attacker’s brothers had been additionally taken into custody: his youthful brother, aged 17, who was close to one other college in Arras, however and not using a weapon, and his eldest, presently incarcerated.

The latter was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment, in 2023, for not having denounced a deliberate assault close to the Élysée Palace. He was later convicted of advocating terrorism.

Mohammed Mogushkov, born within the predominantly Muslim Russian Republic of Ingushetia, arrived in France in 2008. He was the topic of intelligence surveillance due to his ties to his older brother.

The attacker’s father, on S file and deported in 2018, “was a supporter of radical Islam”, in accordance to the Minister of the Interior.

Among the police custody lifted on Monday: that of the attacker’s sister, born in 2005.

Before investigators, she stated she “saw her brother Mohammed becoming more and more harsh in his practice of Islam” and portrayed him as “violent”, in accordance to her lawyer Mikaël Benillouche.

Quickly after the occasions, the nationwide anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace opened an investigation for assassination and tried assassination in reference to a terrorist enterprise and legal terrorist affiliation.

President Emmanuel Macron promised on Monday that the college would stay a “bulwark against obscurantism” and “a sanctuary for our students and for all those who work there”.

He will attend the funeral of Dominique Bernard at Arras Cathedral on Thursday.

With AFP