A TEENAGE jihadi who beheaded a teacher was in contact with the parent behind an online hate campaign against him, police sources revealed today.
Samuel Paty, 47, was butchered outside his school near Paris after showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on free speech.
Brahim Chnina, whose 13-year-old daughter is a pupil, posted a video on social media earlier this month demanding the teacher be sacked.
He said the same at a meeting with the headteacher – accompanied by a radical preacher who is on France's terror watchlist.
And he posted another message on Facebook, this time naming Mr Paty and the school where he worked.
Police believe Chechen refugee Abdoullakh Anzorov, 18, travelled 50 miles from his home in Normandy after seeing the online campaign.
And today sources told Reuters the gun-toting teenager had sent a text message to the pupil's father before he decapitated Mr Paty with a kitchen knife.
Sources added it was not clear if the father had responded to the text.
But BFM TV reported that the father had exchanged WhatsApp messages with the killer in the days before the murder.
Mr Chnina and preacher Abdelhakim Sefraoui were among 11 people arrested over the murder.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said at the weekend Mr Chnina and Mr Sefraoui had "launched a fatwa" against the teacher.
Friday's bloodbath in Paris commuter belt town Conflans Saint-Honorine sparked outrage across France.
Thousands marched in support of free speech on Sunday, carrying placards that declared #JeSuisSamuel and #JeSuisProf in an echo of the Charlie Hebdo terror attack of 2015.
Public figures called the murder an assault on French values, and Paty is to posthumously receive France's highest award, the Legion d'Honneur.
Emmanuel Macron's government is keen to show it is tough on extremism after what he condemned as an "Islamic terror attack".
Police began rounding up suspected Islamists after the Interior Minster ordered the expulsion of 231 foreigners on an extremism watchlist yesterday.
Mr Darmanin also said he was looking into whether certain Muslim groups should be dissolved following accusations of promoting violence.
Sefraoui is not among the 231 on the deportation list as he has French citizenship through marriage, reports The Times.
Anzarov, a Russian national who was not known to intelligence agencies, was shot dead by police after killing Mr Paty.
Police seized his phone and began examining everyone he had been in contact with.
At least four members of Anzorov's family were also arrested. They were granted ten-year residency after claiming asylum in March.
The killer's uncle told French television: "He was a child. He was only 18.
"If he were still alive, I would have asked him: 'Why did you do that? What was going on your head?' He must have been influenced by someone."
Friday's attack is the fifth in France this year alone.
Just last month, seven people were detained after a meat cleaver attack outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices in Paris.
Twelve people were massacred at the site in 2015 after the magazine published satirical cartoons of Muhammad.
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