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Muslim student stabs Irish professor to death in Paris as he ‘insulted the Prophet’

Irish lecturer, John Dowling, 66, was fatally stabbed 13 times in the throat and chest by student ‘offended’ by a drawing of Mohammed during a lecture. Ali R. 37, was arrested at the scene and has admitted to killing the professor outside the Paris university where he worked on Wednesday.


No other students saw any such image displayed by Professor Dowling and police say there is no evidence of it, yet

Ali R., the student who stabbed the lecturer claimed that was his reason for committing the murder.

According to government prosecutor Catherine Denis, Ali held an ‘obsessive resentment’ against the university since he was expelled in September of 2017.

“He came to France two years ago to join the management school, but did not pass his first year,” Denis said. “Since then he had been returning to the college, and had become unwanted to the point that he was not allowed in any more.”

She went on to further explain that Ali told authorities, “He produced a drawing, which he showed off in class, insulting the prophet Mohammed”.

Though no evidence of any such drawing, according to the Daily Mail, he had long held a personal grudge against the lecturer after failing his exams last year..

French authorities have said there is no existing evidence that Ali, a native of Pakistan, was radicalised by a terrorist organisation, rather: he was just ‘pious’ about his religion.



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