Abdoullakh Anzorov posted an audio message on social media on Friday – in hesitant Russian – after posting a photo of the history-geography teacher beheaded in Conflans-Saint-Honorine, in Yvelines, in the Paris region.
In this message – punctuated by Qur’anic epithets – which was authenticated by investigators, the attacker loses his breath.
He says he “took revenge on the prophet” and accuses Samuel Paty of “showing it in an insulting way.”
“Brethren, pray that Allah will accept me as a martyr,” he said, according to an AFP translation.
This message was taken in a video broadcast on Instagram.
The recording shows two messages posted on Twitter by the attacker – one consists of a photo of the victim – in which he admits that he killed Samuel Paty.
The record also contains two words in Russian that refer to the Islamic State (IS) organization.
The investigation revealed a rapid radicalization of Abdullakh Anzorov.
IDLEB, THE LAST JIHADIST BASTION
Idlib Province is considered the last major jihadist and rebel stronghold in northwestern Syria. It is under the control of jihadists in Hayat Tahrir al-sham (HTS), the former Syrian wing of al-Qaeda.
But in these territories there is a nebula of jihadist groups, which sometimes fight among themselves, but also clandestine cells of the Islamic State, “hunted” by HTS.
Thousands of foreigners are in these regions – including the French, British and Chechens – who have settled here over the years, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
“The Chechens who are present at Idleb have their own independent factions, but who are allied with Tahrir al-Sham,” said SOHR Director Rami Abdel Rahman.
“They are in Idlib, but also in the northeast of the neighboring region, Lattakia,” he said.
ACCUSATIONS REGARDING “COMPLICITY IN TERRORIST MURDER”
A student’s father, Brahim Chnina, and radical Islamist Abdelhakim Sefrioui were indicted on Wednesday night for “complicity in the terrorist assassination” in the investigation into the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty, the French National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) announced .
Two friends of the attacker – Naim B. and Azim E. – were charged with the same charge.
A third of his relatives – Yussu C. – is being investigated for “terrorist association in order to commit crimes against persons”.
All were remanded in custody – with the exception of Brahim Chnina – who was tried pending a debate on the issue.
Brahim Chnina, the father of a student, called for a mobilization against Samuel Paty, following a course on caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which he said his daughter also attended.
The fourth-grader was in the class where Paty taught the course on free speech on Oct. 6, but was absent that day, according to a source close to the case.
On October 12, he broadcast on YouTube a new video in which he targets the teacher, in which he appears together with the Islamist activist Abdelhakim Sefrioui.
The two were in pre-trial detention in the fight against terrorism, along with 14 other people, including five students.
The two students, aged 14 and 15 – accused of showing Samuel Paty to the attacker in exchange for money – were charged with “complicity” and placed under judicial control on Wednesday, according to a judicial source.
The PNAT demanded that at least one of the students be detained, but investigating judges charged them with “complicity in murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise.”
Abdoullakh Anzorov allegedly paid them 300-350 euros in exchange for information. He allegedly obtained a physical description of the teacher.
The 18-year-old Russian refugee of Chechen origin reported – under the pseudonym Al_Ansar_270 – in Russian, on September 12-14, on the social network Instagram, with a browser that used the pseudonym 12.7X108, according to Le Parisien, citing elements of the investigation in the investigation of the Anti-Terrorism Sub-Directorate (SDAT) and the Directorate-General for Internal Security (DGSI).
The IP address of this 12.7X108 is located in Syria, in the Idlibb region.
In these discussions, Anzorov allegedly asked theological questions about Islam and inquired about his “hijra” – that is, emigration to a Muslim country.
Abdoullakh Anzorov – who allegedly put an Islamic State flag on his smartphone image – did not hide his radicalization, according to his parents, who were heard in pre-trial detention.
He would have been more diligent in his prayers on Friday, he would have watched sermons of “radical” foreign imams, he would have stopped drinking alcohol, listening to music and refusing any contact with women.
However, Anzorov remained under the “radars” of the French authorities. He was neither supervised nor had a radicalization sheet (S sheet).