French officials have charged three more suspects in the killing of French history teacher Samuel Paty, according to a report.
Paty, 47, was decapitated in the Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine last month after showing students cartoons of Prophet Muhammad as a way of discussing freedom of speech in a class discussion. His killer, Abdullakh Anzorov, 18, was shot dead by police.
The cartoons ran in the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in September to mark the start of a trial of the 2015 attack on the magazine’s staff by gunmen.
French police say the two detained men, both 18 — one is French and one is of Russian-Chechen origin — were in touch with Paty’s killer, Anzorov. A 17-year-old woman has also been accused of being in contact with one of the two men. She is currently in a youth detention center. The three, charged with “criminal terrorist conspiracy,” were detained in separate regions of France, according to AFP.
Ten people have been charged in connection with the murder so far, including a 14-year-old and a 15-year-old accused of pointing out Paty to his killer.
Paty’s murder caused an outcry in France, leading French President Emmanuel Macron to announce a crackdown on Islamist terrorism.
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