A 66 year old Irish lecturer named John Dowling was brutally stabbed to death in Paris, by a Pakistani national for allegedly insulting Islam. The incident took place outside Leonardo de Vinci private university.
The assailant, identified as 37 year old Ali, who was a former student of Dowling has alleged that the lecturer had displayed a portrait of Prophet Muhammad during one of his classes. He further alleged that during English classes, the lecturer used to mock Muslim faith.
It must be noted that any kind of portrayal or depiction of Prophet Muhammad is considered a blasphemy by the Muslims. The 66-year-old academic was inflicted with 13 fatal stab injuries in the throat and chest during the bloodbath.
Ali met with the lecturer outside of the university on Wednesday afternoon and then all of sudden attacked him. CCTV footage shows Mr Dowling chatting calmly with Ali at around midday, before the attacker took out a steak knife and plunged it into the Irishman’s throat, and then into his chest.
The French investigators have not been able to to find any evidence to establish any connection of Ali with radical Islamic groups. They, as of yet are regarding Ali just as a very religious, very pious, very practising Muslim.
The investigators also believe that despite his allegations against John Dowling, Ali had held a personal grudge against the lecturer after he failed in the same university, a couple of years back.