Samuel Paty’s assassin was in contact with a jihadist in Syria

Exchanges took place via Instagram with a jihadist based in Idlib, Syria.

Abdoullakh Anzorov, the murderer of Samuel Paty was in contact with a jihadist in Syria, franceinfo learned Thursday (October 22) from corroborating sources, confirming information from the Parisian [article payant].

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According to franceinfo information, the 18-year-old Chechen Russian came into contact with this Idlib-based jihadist via the Instagram social network in mid-September. The investigators seek to trace the stages of the radicalization of the attacker and possible direct complicity in his terrorist project.

According to one of his friends, indicted in this case for complicity in a terrorist assassination, Abdoullakh Anzorov had radicalized “for many months”. In addition to this friend, six other people including two college students were indicted. On Wednesday, the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office opened a judicial investigation for “complicity in terrorist assassination” and “terrorist criminal association”, announced the prosecutor Jean-François Ricard.

Born in Moscow, who came to France at the age of six, Abdoullakh Anzorov had obtained a residence permit in March, valid until March 2030. He had refugee status and lived in Évreux, in the Eure region. His neighbors describe a young man “discreet”, “immersed in religion” for three years.

Known for a background of common law when he was a minor, Abdullakh Anzorov has never been convicted. He was not known to the intelligence services for radicalization even though his Twitter account @ Tchetchene_270 had been the subject of several reports to the Pharos platform.

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