Paris (CNN)An 18-year-old Russian refugee of Chechen origin has been identified as the suspect in Friday's beheading of a schoolteacher in a suburb of Paris, French authorities said Saturday.
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The alleged attacker, Abdoullakh Abouyezidovitch A., was shot dead by police on Friday afternoon in Éragny, the same area where the body of Samuel Paty, a 47-year-old history and geography teacher at College du Bois d'Aulne, was found.
According to national anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard, the attacker approached students outside the school in the northwestern Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine earlier on Friday, asking them to point out his victim.
Paty was attacked on his way home, according to Ricard.
Abouyezidovitch, who was not known to intelligence services, was a resident of Evreux, a town outside of Paris and a little over an hour's drive from the scene of the attack. He claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter, Ricard said.
Ricard did not say whether the attacker had at any time attended the high school where the victim worked.
French Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said Saturday that Paty was murdered "for teaching a class that had to do with one of the pillars of democracy -- freedom of expression."
"Samuel Paty embodied our Republic's most noble asset: its schools. He was cowardly murdered by enemies of freedom. We will be united, firm and resolute," Blanquer wrote in a tweet.