According to officials, a teacher was killed, and two others were critically injured in a knife assault at a school in France.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said the attack occurred about 11:00 a.m. local time at the Gambetta High School in northern Arras.
The attacker was apprehended and is now in custody.
During the attack, he yelled “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is greatest,” according to witnesses.
The victim was a French language teacher. Another teacher and a security guard were among those hurt.
According to authorities, the man in his twenties is of Chechen descent and is known to security agencies for his association with radical Islam.
According to French media accounts, he was a previous student at the school.
Following the attack, the French anti-terror prosecutor’s office said it has initiated an inquiry for “murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise” and “attempted murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise.”
According to the news outlet BFMTV, the attacker’s sibling was also captured by police.
According to police, the situation is currently under control.
This afternoon, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared at the Lycée Gambetta. He entered the school alongside Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin and Education Minister Gabriel Attal. Before making a public declaration, he plans to meet with personnel and emergency services.
The attack comes as tensions between Israel and Hamas rise in France’s sizable Muslim and Jewish communities.
However, officials have stated that there is no evidence of a link to the Middle East.
The attack came nearly three years after another teacher, Samuel Paty, was murdered and beheaded at his school outside Paris.
The attacker, 18-year-old Abdullakh Anzorov, a Russian Muslim refugee, was killed by police shortly after.
Emmanuel Macron will be visiting Arras in the coming hours, according to the Elysée Palace. Simultaneously, the French Assemblée Nationale suspended its proceedings in sympathy with the victims. Emmanuel Macron will be joined on location by Education Minister Gabriel Attal. Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has canceled her trip to Orléans and will instead return to Paris.
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