Woman beheaded in church – three dead in France in knife attack in Nice


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Just a few days after the murder of the French history teacher Samuel Paty, a new knife attack shook the country. At least three people died in an attack in the local Notre Dame church in Nice. Several more are injured. At least three people were killed near the Notre Dame Catholic Church in a knife attack in Nice in the south of France. That is what the police said. The fatalities are two women and one man. There are also six injured. The police advised avoiding the area around the church. The anti-terrorist public prosecutor’s office has taken over the investigation. As announced by Prime Minister Jean Castex, the highest terror warning level applies immediately.

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Nice’s Mayor Christian Estrosi said the alleged perpetrator was shot and arrested by the police. He called “Allahu akbar”. Estrosi indirectly confirmed media reports that at least one of the victims was beheaded. They died like Samuel Paty, Estrosi told journalists. The history teacher had been brutally murdered less than two weeks ago. His head was cut off too. The case caused great consternation in the country. Tens of thousands took to the streets to show their solidarity.
According to media reports, the assassin broke into the church around 9 a.m. and stabbed people there at random. According to Estrosi, two of the victims, a woman and the community leader, died while they were still in the church; a second woman was initially seriously injured and was able to flee to a nearby bar. There she then succumbed to her injuries. According to the mayor, the act is like a terrorist attack. “Everything points to a terrorist attack,” he wrote on Twitter.

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Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin also confirmed the incident without giving any details. He announced an emergency cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Castex left the ongoing parliamentary debate on the new lockdown. He condemned the “cowardly and barbaric act that mourns the whole country”. French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Nice in the early afternoon. Nice was badly hit by an Islamist attack in 2016. At that time, the assassin Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a truck through a crowd on the French national holiday on the Promenade des Anglais. 86 people were killed. The President of the European Parliament David Sassoli called for unity in the face of the new terror attack. “We have a duty to stand together against violence and against those who want to incite people and spread hatred,” wrote the Italian on Twitter. He was shocked and saddened by the news from Nice. “This pain is felt by all of us in Europe.”

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