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World Nice in mourning after church knife attack

12:55  30 october  2020
12:55  30 october  2020 Source:   bbc.com

Woman decapitated as three die in 'suspected terror attack' in Nice

  Woman decapitated as three die in 'suspected terror attack' in Nice A woman has been decapitated in a suspected terror attack in Nice, French police say. Three people have died and several others are injured after a knife attack took place near the Notre Dame church.In a separate incident shortly after, French police confirmed a man was shot dead near Avignon, after threatening passers-by with a handgun in the district of Montfavet. © Getty A woman is comforted at the scene in Nice In Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a man was arrested after stabbing and wounding a guard at the French consulate, state media reported.

One of the victims of the Nice knife attack has been identified as Vincent L, a 45-year-old who worked as the Forensic specialists inspect the scene of a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice "This act, which is as barbarous as it is cowardly, has plunged the entire nation into mourning

President calls for firmness and unity after man with knife kills three people in church .

The southern French city of Nice was in mourning on Friday for the three people stabbed to death in a suspected jihadist attack at a church.

a group of people standing around a table: People gathered outside the Notre-Dame basilica to pay tribute to the victims © Getty Images People gathered outside the Notre-Dame basilica to pay tribute to the victims

A makeshift memorial has been set up outside the Notre-Dame basilica, where people have placed flowers and lit candles for the victims.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday's stabbings were an "Islamist terrorist attack".

He is to hold an emergency meeting with senior ministers on Friday.

Meanwhile, security has been stepped up at places of worship and schools across France following two similar attacks within two weeks. Earlier this month a teacher was beheaded in a Paris suburb after showing controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to some of his pupils.

After the Nice attack, messages of solidarity poured in from all over Europe

 After the Nice attack, messages of solidarity poured in from all over Europe © REUTERS / Eric Gaillard Nice, on October 29, 2020, the district of Notre-Dame church was cordoned off by forces of order after a knife attack. A knife attack in the Notre-Dame church in Nice left three dead on Thursday, October 29. Many European leaders have expressed their solidarity with France and called for union to defend common values. "We must resist together against violence and against those who try to spread hatred", writes the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli.

Suspect shot and injured by police after attack in church in southern French city.

The attack took place at Nice 's Notre Dame church , which is on the city's main shopping thoroughfare. "Informed of the savage attack which was perpetrated this morning in a church in Nice , causing the death of several innocent people, His Holiness Pope Francis joins in prayer with the

Mr Macron's subsequent defence of the right to publish the cartoons has stoked anger in several Muslim-majority countries.

Following the latest attack, police shot and wounded the suspected knifeman, identified as a 21-year-old Tunisian who had only recently arrived in Europe. He is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

What do we know about the victims?

The two women and a man were attacked inside the basilica on Thursday morning before the first Mass of the day.

Two died inside the church, one of them a 60-year-old woman who was "virtually beheaded" close to the font. She has not been named.

  • In pictures: Scene of the knife attack
  • What we know about the Nice attack

French media have named one victim as 55-year-old Vincent Loquès, a devout Catholic who had reportedly worked at the basilica for more than 10 years.

France church attack: What we know so far

  France church attack: What we know so far A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack.This is what we know so far:

France will not give in to terror, Emmanuel Macron has said in a call for firmness and unity after the country’s latest terrorist attack left three people dead. On Thursday morning, a man armed with a knife killed two women and a man at the Notre-Dame Basilica in the city centre of Nice on the Côte

The attack in Nice came less than two weeks after Paty, the teacher, was beheaded. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo's former offices with a butcher knife . French Jewish and Catholic sites have also frequently been targeted, including the

Mr Loquès, a father of two loved by many of the church's regulars, was opening the building when the attacker slit his throat, police say.

The third victim was named by Brazilian media as Simone Barreto Silva, a 44-year-old mother of three born in Salvador on Brazil's eastern coast. She had lived in France for 30 years.

She fled to a nearby cafe with multiple stab wounds but died shortly afterwards. "Tell my children that I love them," she told those who tried to help her, according to French media.

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On Friday people gathered outside the church to pay their respects. One message among the flowers and candles read: "Nice is still standing. Rest in peace."

What do we know about the suspect?

Police sources named the man as Brahim Aouissaoui. Prosecutors said he had arrived by boat on the Italian island of Lampedusa as a migrant last month and after quarantining had been ordered to travel on.

A terror attack in Nice threatens to turbocharge France’s debate on free speech and Islam

  A terror attack in Nice threatens to turbocharge France’s debate on free speech and Islam Three people were killed at the Notre Dame Basilica.Around 9 am local time Thursday in Nice, an assailant used a knife to kill three people, two women and a man, at the Notre-Dame Basilica. One of the women, who was reportedly 70, died inside the church, as did the man; the second woman “fled to a nearby bar but was mortally wounded,” according to the AP.

The attack in Nice occurred at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de L’Assomption, shortly before 9 a.m. Three people were confirmed dead, according to in a restaurant across the street after fleeing the basilica. Ricard identified the suspect as a 21-year-old Tunisian national who arrived in Europe via the

Security forces guard the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice , France, October 29, 2020. Castex condemned the “cowardly” and “barbaric” attack in Nice , and said that the whole country was mourning for those who were killed.

He arrived in Nice by train and had no papers except for a Red Cross document from Italy, investigators said. A Tunisian official said he had not been listed as a suspected militant.

Witnesses said the attacker repeatedly shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest) before being shot by police.

a group of people walking down a street next to a car: The suspect was detained minutes after the attack at the basilica © EPA The suspect was detained minutes after the attack at the basilica

A Koran, two telephones and a 30cm (12-inch) knife were found on him, said French chief anti-terrorist prosecutor Jean-François Ricard.

"We also found a bag left by the attacker. Next to this bag were two knives that were not used in the attack," he added.

In another development, a 47-year-old man believed to have been in contact with the suspect was detained by police late on Thursday, French media reported.

Tensions were raised further on Thursday by two other attacks - one in France and the other in Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after the Nice attack a man was shot dead in Montfavet near the southern French city of Avignon after threatening police with a handgun. Police later said the man was undergoing psychiatric treatment and they did not suspect a terrorism motive.

A 47-year-old man taken into custody, defense counsel ... update on the attack in Nice

 A 47-year-old man taken into custody, defense counsel ... update on the attack in Nice © Arié Botbol A terrorist attack by a radicalized Islamist left 3 dead in the Notre Dame church in Nice Thursday October 29. A 47-year-old man was taken into police custody Thursday evening as part of the investigation into the Nice attack, a judicial source said on Friday. He is suspected of having been in contact with the 21-year-old Tunisian who killed three people and injured several other , Thursday morning, in the Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption basilica in Nice, on the eve of the facts .

The attacker is shot by police and is in hospital. French police shoot dead knifeman in separate incident in city of Avignon. A man is arrested in Jeddah in That's all from our live updates after the suspected terror attack in Nice . Three people were killed at a church in the city including a woman who was

#Breaking knife attack near a church in # Nice #France pic.twitter.com/p8mwEjWU5X. Nice 's attack was followed by a knife -stabbing attempt in France's southeastern city of Avignon and I am close to the Catholic community of # Nice , mourning the attack that sowed death in a place of prayer

In the Saudi incident a guard was attacked outside the French consulate in Jeddah. A suspect was arrested and the guard taken to hospital.

What has President Macron said?

Speaking after visiting Nice, Mr Macron told reporters: "If we are attacked once again it is for the values which are ours: freedom, for the possibility on our soil to believe freely and not to give in to any spirit of terror.

"I say it with great clarity once again today: we won't surrender anything."

He said the number of soldiers being deployed to protect public places - such as churches and schools - would rise from 3,000 to 7,000.

France has raised its national security alert to the highest level.

A timeline of recent attacks in France

October 2020: French teacher Samuel Paty is beheaded outside a school in a suburb of Paris

September 2020: Two people are stabbed and seriously hurt in Paris near the former offices of Charlie Hebdo, where Islamist militants carried out a deadly attack in 2015

October 2019: Radicalised police computer operator Mickaël Harpon is shot dead after stabbing to death three officers and a civilian worker at Paris police headquarters

July 2016: Two attackers kill a priest, Jacques Hamel, and seriously wound another hostage after storming a church in a suburb of Rouen in northern France

July 2016: A gunman drives a large lorry into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, killing 86 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group

November 2015: Gunmen and suicide bombers launch multiple co-ordinated attacks on the Bataclan concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars in Paris, leaving 130 people dead and hundreds wounded

January 2015: Two Islamist militant gunmen force their way into Charlie Hebdo's offices and shoot dead 12 people

Attack in Nice: Police custody of a 17-year-old minor lifted .
The 17-year-old minor was arrested Wednesday afternoon in Seine-Saint-Denis in the investigation into the fatal knife attack in the Basilica of Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) © SYSPEO / SIPA A soldier from Operation Sentinel facing the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption basilica, in Nice, November 3, 2020 INQUIRY - The 17-year-old minor had been arrested Wednesday afternoon in Seine-Saint-Denis in the investigation into the fatal knife attack in the basilica of Nice (Alpes-Maritimes) The custody of a 17-year-o

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