At least three people were killed, one of whom was said to have had her throat cut, and several were injured in a knife attack in Nice on Thursday morning. Two people, a man, and a woman were killed in Notre-Dame church and a third, seriously injured, died in a nearby bar where she had taken refuge. On the verge of tears, a BFM TV correspondent dispatched to the scene said that this woman had the strength to say a few words to those around her: “Tell my children that I love them”, she asked them. , before turning off.
The author was arrested and shot and repeatedly repeating “Allahu Akbar”, according to Christian Estrosi, the mayor of Nice. The events took place around 9 am, a police source added, adding that a demining team was on site. The anti-terrorism prosecution has been seized, announces BFM TV. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on Twitter that a “crisis meeting” was being held in Paris.
“A woman was attacked with the same modus operandi as Samuel Paty,” said the mayor of Nice, referring to the history and geography professor beheaded on October 16 in the Paris region by a Chechen Russian Islamist who was shot dead by the police. The mayor of Nice also mentioned the “sacristan” of the church among those who died. After this “assassination in a school, it is in a church that the Islamo-fascist barbarism chose to strike, it is quite a symbol”, added Estrosi.
“The situation is under control, so do not panic,” said the police on the spot. “The detonations you hear are caused by the Raid, the demining services”, added a spokeswoman Florence Gavello, spokesperson for the police. Counterterrorism Prosecutor’s Office announced opening investigation for “assassination” and “attempted assassination”
Nice was bereaved in 2016 by an attack that left 86 dead on the Promenade des Anglais on July 14, in the middle of the national holiday. The attack comes almost two weeks to the day after the assassination of Samuel Paty, who was targeted for showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on free speech in class.