MOSCOW, October 17. / TASS /. The head of the Federation Council committee on international affairs, Konstantin Kosachev, is convinced that the man who attacked the French teacher on Friday, who, according to some media outlets, came from Chechnya, cannot be considered such.
“Because then he is not a Chechen and he is not a Russian, no matter what is indicated in his documents. We are different – both in Chechnya and in any subject of the Russian Federation,” the politician wrote on Saturday on his Facebook page.
Kosachev called the act of terrorism monstrous and noted that if the terrorist nevertheless turns out to be a citizen of Russia of Chechen origin, “there must be exhaustive assessments of what happened both from the Chechen people and from the Russian authorities.”
A teacher was attacked on Friday evening in Conflans-Saint-Honorine (Yvelines department of the Ile-de-France region) near the school where he taught history. The attacker slit the victim’s throat. He tried to threaten the policemen who arrived at the scene, but was shot dead.
The investigation of the crime has been entrusted to the French anti-terrorist prosecutor’s office. French President Emmanuel Macron has already called the incident a terrorist act. There is no exact data on the identity of the attacker; there is no information about him in the databases of law enforcement officers about terrorists. According to information that appeared in the media, the attack was carried out by an 18-year-old foreigner of Chechen origin. According to the newspaper Le Figaro, he was born in Moscow, but lives in France, in the department of Yvelines. These data have not been officially confirmed.
The news has been edited (10:27 Moscow time) – the wording in the lead and title is being clarified.