Today, in Nice, a 70-year-old person was beheaded inside the church of Notre-Dame. In all, three people were killed and several were injured. The motive for the attack remains unclear, but Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has confirmed it was a terrorist attack. A man exclaimed “Allah akbar” after the attack, and even at the hospital.
He beheaded a woman and cut a man’s neck. The perpetrator of the terrorist attack in Nice is a 21-year-old man, of Tunisian origin, who speaks French, but without documents and a telephone on him, writes the French press. He claims to be called Brahim and has admitted his deeds.
After being shot by police in Notre Dame Cathedral, he was rushed to hospital, but according to police reports, he did not stop repeating the incantation “Allah Akbar”.
The French press writes that the attack took place after the opening of the cathedral, at 8:30 in the morning. The young man entered the church with a bag full of knives and attacked three people, who died: a 70-year-old woman was beheaded, a 45-year-old man, a church employee, whose neck was cut off, and a 30-year-old woman who was stabbed several times and died of her injuries at a bar near the church.
Nice police entered the cathedral a few minutes after the attack and opened fire on the attacker. Members of the special forces found inside the second bag of knives and other packages of weapons.
A few hours later, in Avignon, a Muslim armed with a knife tried to stab police officers and was killed by law enforcement.
After the attack in Nice, a priest in the city told BFM TV that in recent days there have been threats of possible attacks near All Saints’ Day.
Parish priest Gil Florini said in an interview with BFM TV: “we were warned for two or three days of possible attacks near All Saints’ Day.” “We were actually warned for two or three days that there could be attacks near All Saints’ Day,” he said. “I was a little on guard, but I didn’t think it would happen,” Florini complained.
The attacks came just days after French Interior Minister warned that the country’s terrorist threat was “very high” amid rising tensions over the beheading of Professor Samuel Paty, who was killed after showing caricatures to students. depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Darmanin said France must continue to fight “rampant Islamism, which arms people ideologically.”
Police also arrested a man on October 29 in possession of a knife near a church in Yvelines, reports Le Parisien. The media reports that the young man’s father alerted the police that, before leaving the house, his son said that he wanted to “behave like the Nice attacker”, referring to the terrorist attack that took place on Thursday in the basilica. Notre-Dame of Nice.
Today, the Muslim world celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Two weeks ago, Professor Samuel Paty was beheaded near Paris after showing students cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on free speech. Macron described the incident as a terrorist attack and declared a fierce fight against separatism in France. This has led to a crisis in relations between Paris and Ankara.
French authorities promise to react “ruthlessly” to the bloody attacks that took place today in Nice and Avignon.
The Vatican on Thursday condemned the knife attack in which three people were killed in a church in Nice, southeastern France, stressing that “terrorism and violence will never be accepted,” AFP reports.
“It is a moment of pain in a time of confusion. Terrorism and violence can never be accepted, “said a statement from Holy See spokesman Matteo Bruni.
“The pope is informed of the situation and is close to the grieving Catholic community,” the statement added, adding that the sovereign pontiff “prays for the victims and their loved ones so that the violence stops.”
Immediately after the attack, the Holy See also published a telegram of condolences from the Pope, sent as usual on his behalf by Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin to the Bishop of Nice, André Marceau.
“Informed of the savage attack that took place this morning in a church in Nice, causing the death of several innocent people, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in prayer the suffering of the tried families and shares their grief,” Monsignor Parolin wrote.
“Condemning in the strongest terms such violent acts of terror, he assures of his closeness the Catholic Community of France and the whole French people, whom he calls to unity,” and “wholeheartedly grants the apostolic blessing to all those affected by this drama.” “, Concluded the Italian cardinal.
The Conference of Bishops of France (CEF) denounced on Thursday as an “unqualifiable” act the knife attack that killed three people at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice and expressed its wish that “Christians should not become a target for killing”, reports AFP .
“We are emotional, very affected and we are in a kind of sideline towards this incalculable act,” a CEF spokesman, priest Hugues de Woillemont, told AFP, stressing that the place of the attack – inside a place of worship – “means certain things”.
Turkey on Thursday strongly condemned the “savage” knife attack that killed at least three people in Nice, southeastern France, leaving aside strong tensions between Ankara and Paris to express “solidarity.” reports AFP.
“We strongly condemn the attack today inside the Notre-Dame Church in Nice (…) and offer our condolences to the relatives of the victims,” the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
“It is clear that those who committed this savage attack in a sacred place of worship cannot be inspired by any kind of religious, human or moral value,” the minister said, expressing “solidarity with the French people against terrorism and violence.” .