According to multiple reports, at least three people were killed and several others were injured on Thursday after a knife attack on a church in the French city of Nice.
According to Reuters, it was reported that a victim of Notre Dame de Paris was a woman who was beheaded.
Police said the suspect was believed to be acting alone and was injured during the arrest and was taken to a local hospital.
According to reports, the French Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into the attack. Pictures in the French media showed that the community was sealed off and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles.
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Mayor Christian Estrosi said that the attack on Thursday morning appeared to be related to terror, although the motive at this time was unclear. Estrosi said the attacker yelled “Allahu akbar!”
According to Reuters, “enough,” Esterosi told local reporters. “It is time for France to get rid of the peace decree in order to completely eliminate Islamic fascism from our territory.”
He added that two people were killed in the church and a third person died after escaping to a nearby bar.
Thursday’s incident marked the third French attack in less than two months since the terrorist trial began in September. The terrorism trial is related to a killing in January 2015 between the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket.
In 2016, the church was attacked less than half a mile from the scene. Another attacker smashed a truck into the crowd on Bastille Day, killing dozens of people.
Thursday also marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad this year.
This is because France is currently vigilant against Islamic extremism. It happened almost two weeks after the French middle school teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded by a Chechen man near Paris.
According to Reuters, the 18-year-old suspect was killed after failing to respond to a request to lay down his weapon. He once said that he wanted to punish Patty because he showed students a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in a free speech civic class.
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These cartoons were published by Charlie Hebdo and were quoted by characters in the 2015 newspaper editorial conference shooting.
In September, an asylum seeker in France attacked a bystander outside Charlie Hebdo’s former office with a cleaver.
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Leaders from the Muslim world criticized their attacks on Western Islam, while France has vowed not to give up defending freedom of speech.
The Associated Press contributed to this report