French police have shot a man dead after a stabbing attack in a Paris suburb.
The country’s anti-terror prosecutor has called the incident a stabbing but the Reuters and AP news agencies reported the victim was decapitated, according to police sources.
A second police source told Reuters that witnesses heard the attacker shout Allahu Akbar, or God is greater.
A terrorism investigation is underway, AP reported.
A spokesman for French police said the victim was a teacher at a nearby middle school. He taught history, AP added.
He had reportedly shown images of the Prophet Muhammad in class during a discussion about freedom of expression.
Le Parisien newspaper said the victim was “horribly mutilated”.
It also said the attacker was the parent of a student, but this has not been confirmed by police.
The interior minister is understood to be travelling to the area.
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