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US News Attack in Nice: who is the 21-year-old Tunisian assailant?

20:40  29 october  2020
20:40  29 october  2020 Source:   lexpress.fr

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The attacker arrested this Thursday is a 21-year-old Tunisian who arrived in France at the end of September via Italy.

Nouvelle attaque à Nice ce jeudi. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP) © AFP New attack in Nice this Thursday. (Photo by Valery HACHE / AFP)

The attacker with the knife who killed three people on Thursday in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice is a 21-year-old Tunisian, who arrived in Europe by Lampedusa at the end of September and in France at the beginning of October, we learned from sources close to the case.

Judicial sources claimed that the identity of the assailant was not formally confirmed. This man, according to a local source familiar with the matter, is called Brahim Aouissaoui. Information confirmed by another source close to the case. The anti-terrorist prosecution has opened an investigation for "murder and attempted murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise" and "criminal terrorist association".

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Quarantined in Italy

The young man arrived in France at the end of September via Lampedusa in Italy where he had been quarantined by the Italian authorities before being subject to an obligation to leave Italian territory and left free, a- we added from a local source close to the file.

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He did not apply for asylum in France, this source said.

According to another source close to the file, the investigators only have a document from the Italian Red Cross corresponding to the identity of Brahim Aouissaoui.

Treated in hospital

After being neutralized by a team from the Nice municipal police, the assailant, a young man who claimed to be called "Brahim" and to be "25 years old", allegedly repeatedly shouted " Allah Akbar ", we learned from a source close to the investigation. Wounded by bullets, he is currently hospitalized.

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© AFP According to our information, the former President of the Republic was contacted by Prime Minister Jean Castex. The latter offered to be on his plane for the trip to Nice on Saturday in tribute to the victims of the attack perpetrated in the Notre-Dame basilica on October 29. It's a surprise: Jean Castex will not be alone in the plane which will take him to Nice on Saturday, to pay tribute to the three people killed in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice on Thursday, October 29 .

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