A teacher at a French academy in the town of Arras, which is situated in Northwestern France near the Belgian border, was killed following a knife attack perpetrated by what authorities report to have been an ex-student of Chechen nationality who has since been arrested on Friday. The perpetrator reportedly shouted “Allahu Akhbar” before initiating the attack, the Telegraph UK reported.
“A police operation took place at the Gambetta high school in Arras.” Gérald Darmanin, the French Interior Minister, posted on X, the social media site previously known as Twitter. “The perpetrator has been arrested by the police.”
The National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office announced they would be investigating the attack in connection with a terrorist enterprise.
Two others, including a school security officer and a separate teacher, were wounded in the attack.
Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, is reportably en route to the school alongside other political figures, including Xavier Bertrand, who is president of the Hauts-de-France region in which the town of Arras is located.
“All my support goes to the high school students, teachers, and agents of the region following the terrible knife attack at the Gambetta high school in Arras.” Bertrand posted on X. “I am on my way there.”