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Teen yelling 'Allahu Akbar' attacks teacher

Oliver Gee · 13 Oct 2015, 16:39

Published: 13 Oct 2015 16:39 GMT+02:00

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The 15-year-old, who was arrested after the attack, had intended to kill his physics teacher, a local prosecutor said. 
"He told investigators that he had been plotting for a week," Christian de Rocquigny told the AFP news agency, adding that the teen planned to stab the teacher over a previous dispute before dying as a martyr. 
The boy yelled "Allahu Akbar" ("God is greatest") and "I will avenge the Prophet", reported France TV, while armed with an airgun, a very low power "airsoft" grenade, and a knife. 
The teacher escaped with minor injuries from the attack, which occurred on Monday morning at a high school in Châlons-en-Champagne, northern France. 
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Students were sent home while police arrested the teenager, who was then sent for psychiatric evaluation. 
Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem expressed support for the teacher, and said in a statement that the ministry "reaffirms its commitment to preventing and fighting against all forms of violence in schools". 
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