A French teacher, who had recently shown students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed, was beheaded outside his school on Friday.
The man suspected of the beheading was an 18-year-old born in Moscow and originating from Russia’s southern region of Chechnya, a judicial source said on Saturday.
Police shot the attacker dead minutes after he murdered the 47-year-old history teacher.
A police official – speaking on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press – said the suspect, armed with a knife and an airsoft gun, was shot to death by police about 600 metres (656 yards) from where the male middle school teacher was killed.
Paty had earlier this month shown his pupils cartoons of the prophet in a civics class on the freedom of expression, angering a number of Muslim parents.
Muslims believe that any depiction of the prophet is blasphemous.
The killing was described by French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday as a “terrorist attack”.
The French police have arrested nine people after a suspect beheaded a school teacher in broad daylight on the street in a Paris suburb on Friday, police sources said.