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France knife attack in Nice: What we know so far

AFP

Published on October 30, 2020 at 07.32

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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.
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The brutal killings come only two weeks after a French teacher was decapitated outside his school north of Paris by an extremist — the teacher had shown his pupils cartoons of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) during a lesson on freedom of speech.
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Here is what we know so far:
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At 8:29am French time (0729 GMT) a man with a knife began attacking people praying inside the Basilica of Notre-Dame in the heart of the Mediterranean city.
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The attacker had three knives with him, France’s anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told a news conference.
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In a near half-hour frenzy in the Notre-Dame basilica in the centre of Nice, the assailant used a 30 centimetre (12 inches) knife to cut the throat of a 60-year-old woman, who died inside the church.
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The body of a man, a 55-year-old church employee, was found nearby inside the basilica — his throat had also been slit.
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Another woman, a 44-year-old who had fled the church to a nearby restaurant, died shortly afterwards from multiple knife wounds.
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The killer was shot and wounded by police who arrived quickly at the scene.
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Videos seen by AFP show he was hit at least six times in a side exit from the church.
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The 21-year-old Tunisian suspect only arrived in France earlier this month after coming to Europe on a migrant boat via the Italian island of Lampedusa at the end of September, an official source told AFP.
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The suspected knifeman called himself “Brahim” when he was arrested and later claimed to be Brahim Aouissaoui, the source added.
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The dead man was the church’s sacristan, a 45-year-old father of two girls, according to Canon Philippe Asso, the church’s most senior cleric.
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The killer’s first victim was a 60-year-old woman, who he tried to behead, and the other woman who died was a mother in her 40s.
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“Tell my children I love them,” she managed to say before her death, according to French cable channel BFM TV.
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The French authorities are treating it as a terror attack, with the anti-terrorist prosecutor immediately opening an inquiry into “murder and attempted murder linked to a terrorist enterprise.”
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President Emmanuel Macron called it a “terrorist attack”.
 
 
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