Tuesday 23 January 2018

Teacher in alleged Isil attack had made story up - official

A policeman at the school yesterday.
A policeman at the school yesterday.

Carole Decour in Paris

A nursery school teacher who claimed to have been attacked by a hooded man for Isil has admitted to having invented the incident and "stabbing himself", according to a local prosecutor.

A Jean-Perrin preschool teacher in Aubervilliers, north of Paris, claimed he had been stabbed around 7am on Monday with a box cutter by a man wearing a balaclava and gloves, 'Le Parisien' newspaper reported.

Although the claim of an attack was proved to be false, say prosecutors, he admitted to "stabbing himself" and "making the whole thing up".


The teacher initially said his "attacker" was dressed in painter's overalls and a balaclava and arrived without a weapon but grabbed what appeared to be a box cutter that was lying in the classroom.

This account was not true, the prosecutor said.

Earlier in the day, the teacher told prosecutors that the man shouted: "This is Daesh. This is a warning." Daesh is the Arabic acronym for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

The anti-terrorism branch of the Paris prosecutor's office initially said it would conduct an investigation for attempted murder in relation to a terrorist act.

Isil's French-language magazine 'Dar-al-Islam' called in its November edition for its followers to kill teachers in the French education system, describing them as "enemies of Allah" for teaching secularism and "in open war against the Muslim family."

France is still on high alert after the November 13 attacks on Paris which killed 130 people in Paris and were claimed by Isil.

Irish Independent

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