The alleged perpetrator of the knife attack, which killed two women and a man, is a 21-year-old Tunisian who arrived in France on October 9 from Italy.
The man placed in pre-trial detention is suspected of having been in contact with the attacker the day before the events, the quoted judicial source said, thus confirming a information revealed by the Nice-Matin daily.
However, this source close to the case urged caution regarding the nature of the two’s discussions.
According to another source close to the case, the man was arrested on Thursday evening, at 21.50 local time (22.50, Romanian time).
THE LIFE OF THE WOUNDED AND OPERATED ATTACKER, IN DANGER
The attacker entered the basilica on Thursday, at 8.29 local time (9.29, Romanian time), where he cut the neck of a 60-year-old woman and the sacristan of the basilica, 55 years old.
A 44-year-old Brazilian woman with children living in France, whom she stabbed several times, died at a nearby restaurant where she took refuge.
Alerted by a witness, a team from the Nice Municipal Police intervened and opened fire, on several occasions, on the attacker, who “advanced towards them (policemen) threateningly, shouting“ Allah akbar ”(Allah is great). , in Arabic) “, anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard declared in a press conference on Thursday evening.
Seriously injured, the attacker was taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery.
“His life is currently in danger,” Jean-François Ricard said Thursday night.
In the basilica, investigators found the murder weapon – a knife with a 17-centimeter blade, said Jean-François Ricard.
A backpack with personal belongings, a Koran and two telephones, as well as two unused knives, were also found.
The investigation launched by the French National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (PNAT) into “terrorist assassinations and assassination attempts” is coordinated by the Anti-Terrorist Sub-Directorate (SDAT).