People gather not far from the scene of the attack.
Share October 29, 2020 6:36 am Update at 5:05 pm Share France: three dead in an “Islamist” attack on a church Agence France-Presse NICE —Three people were killed Thursday in a church in Nice (South-East), during an “Islamist terrorist attack” denounced by President Emmanuel Macron, who promised that France “would not give up” on its values.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned a “heinous attack”, while many countries around the world expressed their solidarity with France.
“It is France which is under attack”, launched the head of state, who went to Nice shortly after the attack perpetrated in the Notre-Dame basilica.
A woman and a man were stabbed there by a man who shouted “Allah Akbar” (“God is the greatest”, in Arabic). Another woman, seriously injured, died in a nearby bar where she had taken refuge.
The victims are an elderly lady whom the assailant tried to behead and a mother in her 40s, as well as the sacristan of the church, a layman of around 45, father of two daughters.
The alleged attacker is a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant who arrived in France in early October after passing through the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Tunisia, which strongly condemned the attack, announced the opening of an investigation.
“If we are attacked, it is for the values which are ours, our taste for freedom”, estimated the French head of state in Nice, also evoking a knife attack by a security guard of the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which occurred simultaneously with that of Nice.
The attack, which the anti-terrorism prosecution seized, pushed France to raise its Vigipirate security plan to the maximum level.
President Macron specified that the number of soldiers patrolling the streets would increase from 3,000 to 7,000, and will have to particularly protect places of worship, around the Catholic holiday of All Saints.
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