More Details about Terror Attack in France

World | April 25, 2021, Sunday // 23:29
Bulgaria: More Details about Terror Attack in France

A knife attacker killed three people, cutting the throat of at least one woman, inside a church in Nice on the French Riviera on Thursday.

The brutal killings come only two weeks after a French teacher was decapitated outside his school north of Paris by an Islamist extremist, after the teacher showed his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of speech. Here is what we know so far:

At 8.29 am French time a man with a knife began attacking people praying inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame in the heart of the Mediterranean city. 

The attacker had a copy of the Koran and three knives with him, France’s anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Picard told a news conference.

 In a near half-hour frenzy in the Notre-Dame basilica in the centre of Nice, the assailant used a knife of 30 centimetres to cut the throat of a 60-year-old woman who died inside the church.

The body of a man, a 55-year-old church employee, was found nearby inside the basilica, his throat also slit.

Another woman, a 44-year-old who had fled the church to a nearby restaurant, died shortly afterwards from multiple knife wounds.

The killer was shot and wounded by police who arrived quickly at the scene.

  Videos show he was hit at least six times in a side exit from the church.
 Even as he was being arrested the man continued to shout “Allah Akbar” (God is greatest), before he was rushed to the city’s Pasteur hospital.
 
French police now stated that worker's killer watched jihadist videos just before the attack.

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