Knife attack launched in Nice, France: at least three people killed, many injured.
The attack took place in the Notre-Dame church in Nice. Police sources said a woman was killed by beheading. After the attack, the national security alarm was raised to the highest level in France.
One person was detained in connection with the attack. Eric Ciotti, a member of the Alpes-Maritimes district, said the attack was “considered a terrorist attack”.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi also stated that what happened “pointed to a terrorist attack in the middle of Notre-Dame church”.
On the other hand, the French media reported that a person in the city of Avignon was shot and killed by the police a few hours after the attack in Nice, threatening to kill those around him with a knife and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.
In its written statement, the French Embassy in Saudi Arabia announced that an assailant, who was said to have wounded an official in the Jeddah consulate with a knife, was detained.
Three people were killed in the knife attack on the church in Nice.
According to reports in the French media, a woman and a man killed inside the church were found with their throats cut.
Another woman was stabbed several times while trying to escape from the church and enter the nearby cafe, and later died.
It was reported that the eyewitnesses who were in the church at the time of the attack activated the special protection and alarm system installed throughout the city.
In the French parliament, those who died in the attack were commemorated with a minute of silence. Interior Minister Gérald Darman convened ministers for crisis assessment. Macron will go to Nice and make observations.
In his statement to reporters, Estrosi said that “the suspect injured in the police intervention shouted” Allahu Akbar “.
Estrosi said, “Today, we are paying much heavier prices by giving new victims to Islamic fascism. There is no doubt about it (…) He constantly shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ over and over again,” said Estrosi.
Mayor Estrosi said that one of those killed inside the church was a watchman and was killed trying to escape towards the bar opposite the church.
Estrosi said, “The suspect was shot and detained by the police. He is still alive, he was taken to the hospital.”
Females Nice Turkey condemned the attack in a written statement that his ministry.
In the statement, “No reason can justify the killing of a person or justify violence. It is clear that those who organize such a brutal attack in a sacred place of worship do not get their share of religious, humanitarian and moral values. We emphasize our solidarity with the French people, especially the residents of the city, against terrorism and violence. “
President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen condemned the attack on his Twitter account and shared the message “I am with France with all my heart (…) All Europe is in solidarity with France. We will be determined and united in the face of barbarism and fanaticism”.
President of the Council of Europe Charles Michel also stated that he condemned the heinous attack and called out, “All Europe is with you”.
Spokesperson of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, made a statement, “We have a responsibility to unite against those who want to incite and spread violence and hatred.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte also addressed the French people and said, “You are not alone.”
Reprimand by the French Muslim Faith Council
The French Muslim Faith Council (CFCM) condemned the attack on its Twitter account. The statement said, “We condemn the terrorist attack carried out near the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice,” and expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives.
On the 14 July 2016 National Day in Nice, an armed attacker drove his vehicle towards the crowd gathered for the celebrations, and at least 86 people died in the attack.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, in which many people were injured. It was reported that the attacker was a Tunisian-born French citizen.
In a church in Rouen days after the attack in Nice in 2016, Father Jacques Hamel was killed by cutting his throat during the morning ceremony.
In Paris, the capital of France, on October 16, the teacher Samuel Paty, who showed the caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in his lesson on freedom of expression, was beheaded.
Four of Abdoulakh A.’s family, who killed Samuel Paty in the investigation, a parent at Paty’s school and a person known to be ‘radical Islamists’, as well as five students were detained.