“We are wholeheartedly with the French. America is with our oldest ally in this fight, “the acting head of state wrote on Twitter.
“These terrorist attacks by radical Islamists must stop immediately. No country, France or any other, can tolerate them anymore! ”, Added Trump.
A man armed with a knife killed three people, a man and two women, and injured several others near the Notre-Dame Church in Nice on Thursday, after which he was arrested.
Three people, including a parish priest, were killed Thursday in a stabbing attack in Nice, near Notre Dame Church, and one person was beheaded. The perpetrator was detained. He shouted “Allah akbar” (“Allah is great”) during the events, sources close to the investigation told AFP.
One of the three victims is a 70-year-old woman who came to pray early Thursday morning. She was found with her neck cut off, “almost beheaded” near the agheasmatar, a police source told Le Figaro.
The sacristan of the basilica, a 45-year-old lay man, was also killed inside the church, according to a canon, Philippe Asso.
The second woman, about 30 years old, was killed with several stab wounds. At the moment nothing is known about his identity.
The attack caused a shock in France on the eve of a new “lockdown” of at least a month to fight Covid-19 and a few days before All Saints’ Day, an important holiday in Catholicism.
Two hours after the Nice attack, a man armed with a knife tried to stab police officers in Avignon, reports Europe 1. He shouted “Allahu Akbar” while threatening police officers who responded with gunfire. Hit by bullets, the man died.
At the same time, the Saudi security forces arrested on Thursday a Saudi citizen who attacked with a sharp object a guard from the French consulate in the city of Jeddah (west), the official Saudi agency SPA reported, quoted by EFE.
France has raised the level of security alert for the entire territory to the highest, “emergency attack”, after the attack in Nice, Prime Minister Jean Castex announced on Thursday. The level of “emergency bombing” is the highest in France’s anti-terrorism plan.
It is instituted immediately after an attack or if an identified and unlocated terrorist group takes action. This level is set for a limited period of time during crisis management. The level of “emergency attack” allows in particular to ensure the exceptional mobilization of the means of response, but also the dissemination of information likely to protect citizens in a crisis situation.
President Klaus Iohannis also tweeted on Thursday that he was “dismayed” by the attack in Nice. The head of state also said that Romania supports France in the fight against extremism.