One woman was beheaded, and two others were killed by “terrorists” armed with knives and shouted “Alahu Akbar!” The attack on a church in Nice, France-on Thursday against the country’s three One of the attacks.
Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter that the attack took place in the Notre Dame Cathedral in the Mediterranean city and the police had detained the attacker.
Estrosi called the attacker a “terrorist” and shouted “Allahu akbar!” Arabic means “God is great,” and the police said repeatedly when the police put a collar on him, “The meaning of his gestures is beyond doubt.”
According to the BBC, two people were killed in the church, an elderly woman who was beheaded and a man who had his throat cut. A police source told Agence France-Presse that an injured woman managed to escape to a nearby cafe and later died of injuries.
When the attack occurred, no crowd was active, but the church was opened at around 8 am, and “everyone in the church was praying,” the priest Philip Asso who served in the church told AFP.
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The mayor told reporters on Thursday: “The suspected knife attacker was shot by the police during his detention. He is on his way to the hospital and is still alive.”
Police officials said that the attacker is believed to be acting alone and the police are not looking for other suspects.
According to the BBC, it was later discovered that someone managed to sound the alarm through a special protection system established by the city.
The 32-year-old Daniel Conilh was a waiter at the Grand Cafe de Lyon near the church. He said that it was just before 9 a.m., “The gunshots were lit and everyone started running. .”
A woman walked directly from the church and said: “Run! Run! He told AFP that someone was stabbing the people.” Dozens of police and rescue vehicles quickly sealed off the area.
The terrorist incident coincided with two other attacks against France.
Official media reported that a Saudi man was arrested in Jeddah after attacking a guard with a “sharp weapon” at the French consulate. The Saudi News Agency did not provide a motive for the attack.
After the attack, the attacker was immediately arrested by Saudi security forces. The embassy said in a statement: “The guard was taken to the hospital and his life is not in danger.”
Police said that in the south of France, police shot and killed a man in Monfavit near Avignon, after he had threatened passers-by with a pistol. According to European radio station 1, he shouted “Allahu akbar!”
According to Agence France-Presse, Esterosi added: “Enough.” “It’s time to get France out of the peace law to completely eliminate Islamic fascism from our territory.”
Police sources told Agence France-Presse that two people were killed in the church, and an injured woman fled nearby and later died of injuries.
“Everything points to a terrorist attack,” Esterosi said on Twitter.
Estrosi said the victims (including the church guards) had been killed in a “horrible way.”
He said: “These methods undoubtedly match those used by the brave teacher Samuel Paty in Conflans Sainte Honorine.” He was referring to a Chechen man Abdullakh Anzorov who was beheaded in the most recent attack in Paris at the age of 18. Show students the cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he is hosting a crisis meeting in response to Thursday’s attack.
The Counter-Terrorism Prosecutor’s Office stated that it has launched an investigation into the attack.
Since the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo massacre on January 15th, France has maintained a high level of alert for terrorist attacks. Paris is on trial for the suspect in the attack.
It is not yet clear what the motive of the Nice attack was or whether it was connected to the cartoon, Muslims believe this is related to blasphemy.
The attack on Thursday prompted members of Congress to remain silent for one minute, and then allowed Prime Minister Jean Castex and other ministers to leave to meet President Emmanuel Macron who is expected to travel to the city ( Emmanuel Macron) emergency meeting.
Since 2015, a wave of jihadist attacks have been frequently attacked by so-called “lone wolf” attackers, killing more than 250 people in France.
The recent attack has aroused condemnation from the French allies. Angela Merkel of Germany expressed solidarity with France, and David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, said: “Everyone in Europe feels this pain. .
He said on Twitter: “We have an obligation to unite against violence and those who try to incite and spread hatred.”
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte condemned a “malicious attack” but vowed that “the common front for defending the values of freedom and peace will not be shaken.”
Abdallah Zekri, director-general of the French Muslim Worship Council, said: “I can only strongly condemn this cowardly act against the innocent.”
He called on French Muslims to cancel the celebration of the birth of Maurit or the Prophet, which ended on Thursday, “in solidarity with the victims and their relatives.”