TRAGIC: 2 Beheaded, Another Killed During Morning Mass In French Church By...

TRAGIC: 2 Beheaded, Another Killed During Morning Mass In French Church By Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’

By Wires | The Trent on October 29, 2020
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Three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday, prompting France’s anti-terrorist prosecutor to open an investigation for “assassination” and “attempted assassination.”

French President Emmanuel Macron was heading to the scene, the Élysée Palace confirmed. The attack comes amid rising tensions between France and some Muslim nations over cartoons denigrating the prophet Muhammad. The attack fell on the prophet’s birthday.

The stabbing occurred near the Basilica of Notre-Dame de L’Assomption shortly after 9 a.m. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that three people were confirmed dead, and that the attacker repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbhar,” or “God is greatest” in Arabic.

According to Estrosi and to French media reports citing police sources, one of the three victims, a woman, had her throat slashed inside the church. The second victim, a man, was stabbed to death. The third known victim, another woman, was killed in a bar in front of the basilica where she had hidden.

The attacker was neutralized by French police and taken to hospital, according to media reports, and French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin convened a crisis cell in Paris.

Also on Thursday, a man attacked a security guard outside the French consulate in the Saudi Arabian city of Jiddah. The security guard was taken to hospital and did not suffer life-threatening injuries, the French consulate said in a statement. Saudi authorities confirmed that the attacker had been arrested.

The French press likewise reported that approximately two hours after the Nice stabbing, police shot dead a man who had been threatening a passerby with a knife.

Source: Washington Post

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