Spanish mum kills teacher in front of class

The 34-year-old school teacher who was stabbed to death in front her students in France on Friday was killed by the Spanish mother of a pupil, Spanish press are reporting.

Spanish mum kills teacher in front of class
A teacher in France was stabbed to death by the Spanish mother of a pupil on Friday. Photo: AFP

The alleged murderer was Moroccan-born but had Spanish nationality, according to Spanish diplomats in France.

Those same dipolomatic sources couldn't say whether the woman had another nationality, Spain's El País newspaper reported.

The mother, whose name was not released, attacked the teacher at the Edouard Herriot school in Albi around 9:10am, not long after the last day of school for the year had begun.

France's RTL radio said the mother tried to escape, but was detained 20 minutes later near the campus, which has some 284 pre-school and elementary students.

The mother, who was being held for questioning by police, allegedly screamed "I"m not a thief," before assaulting the teacher, Frances' BFMTV television station reported, adding the woman had previous psychiatric troubles

The mortally wounded teacher, who was stabbed in the abdomen, died around 11am, news agency AFP reported.  

France's President François Hollande described the killing as a "horrific tragedy" and pledged support for children and staff at the school.

For more details see The Local France's story here.

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Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The Moroccan suspect held in connection with a machete attack on two Spanish churches, killing a verger and badly injuring a priest, will undergo psychiatric testing, a court said Tuesday.

Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The case is being handled by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court, with the judge in charge asking that “two doctors conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect”.

The suspect, 25-year-old Yassine Kanjaa, was arrested at the scene after the attacks on two churches in the southern town of Algeciras last week.

The Audiencia Nacional said the psychiatric evaluation, which will be carried out by doctors from the court’s forensic department, would provide “information about the legal responsibility” of the “presumed jihadist”.

Prosecutors have opened a terror probe and, on Monday, the court remanded the suspect in custody without bail on murder and terrorism charges.

During the deadly incident on January 26th, the suspect entered San Isidro church and attacked its priest with a machete, leaving him seriously wounded before entering Nuestra SeƱora de La Palma.

There he attacked the verger and chased him out of the church where he killed him.

‘Targeted priests and infidels’

Court details released on Monday said the attacker had also injured three other people, including another Moroccan man whom he “considered an infidel” because he had renounced his faith.

It said Kanjaa’s actions could be “qualified as a jihadist attack directed at both priests who profess the Catholic faith, and Muslims who, according to the suspect, don’t follow the Koran”.

The court said the suspect fits the profile of a “self-indoctrinated terrorist who acts individually without direct ties to a specific terror group but operates in the name of jihadist philosophy”.

Last week, Spain’s left-wing government refused to rule out mental illness and the police have described him as “unstable”.

The court said Kanjaa became indoctrinated “rapidly” within the space of up to six weeks, citing witnesses as telling police that just before that, he “was drinking alcohol and smoking hashish”. Then he suddenly started listening “regularly to the Koran on his mobile phone”.

One of Kanjaa’s neighbours told AFP something similar on Friday, saying he had changed radically six weeks ago, growing a beard and wearing a long robe.

Officials have said Kanjaa was served with a deportation order last June but had no prior convictions and was not under surveillance.