A teacher lost his life, and several individuals sustained injuries during a knife attack at Gambetta High School in Arras, located approximately 115 miles north of Paris. The assailant, a man in his 20s of Chechen origin, reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack.
Arras, France – October 13, 2023: A teacher was brutally killed, and several others were wounded in a shocking knife attack that unfolded on Friday morning at Gambetta High School in Arras, a city situated about 115 miles north of the French capital, Paris.
The gruesome incident occurred at approximately 11 a.m., sending shockwaves through the community and sparking a swift response from law enforcement. Authorities swiftly descended on the scene to manage the crisis.
According to reports from The New York Times, CNN, and BBC News, local police disclosed that the victim who tragically lost their life was a French language teacher. Additionally, a second teacher and a security guard sustained injuries during the attack. At this time, the authorities have not released the identities of the injured individuals.
The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, conveyed in a post on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) early Friday morning that the suspected assailant had been apprehended by the police. The arrest of the perpetrator is a significant development in this ongoing investigation.
Une opération de police a eu lieu au lycée Gambetta à Arras. L’auteur des faits a été interpellé par la police.— Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) October 13, 2023
CNN affiliate BFMTV and BBC News have reported that the assailant is described by the police as a man in his 20s of Chechen origin. During the assault, he reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar,” an Arabic phrase. This phrase has been associated with several past attacks.
Notably, the suspect’s brother has also been taken into police custody as part of the investigative process.
Thankfully, local law enforcement has reported that the situation is now under control, providing some relief to the community and the school.
In response to this horrifying incident, French President Emmanuel Macron is expected to visit the school later today, underscoring the gravity of the situation.
As of now, further details surrounding the attack remain undisclosed. The authorities are actively investigating the incident to shed light on the motive behind this shocking act of violence and to ensure the safety and security of the school and its students.