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France: Three Dead In Knife Attack In Church,Woman Beheaded
The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's department said it had been asked to investigate the attack
France: Three Dead In Knife Attack In Church, Woman Beheaded
New Delhi: On Thursday in the French city of Nice, a woman was beheaded by an attacker with a knife who also killed two other people at a church, said the police in an incident at the city's mayor described as terrorism,
The Mayor Christian Estorsi on Twitter said that the knife attack had happened in or near the city's Norte-Dame church and that police had detained the attacker. As per the police, three people were confirmed to have died in the attack, and several were injured.
The police source said that the woman was decapitated. The French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of the decapitation having occurred in the attack.
The French anti-terrorism prosecutor's department said that it had been asked to investigate the attack.
Je suis sur place avec la @PoliceNat06 et la @pmdenice qui a interpellé l’auteur de l’attaque. Je confirme que tout laisse supposer à un attentat terroriste au sein de la basilique Notre-Dame de #Nice06. pic.twitter.com/VmpDqRwzB1— Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) October 29, 2020
The Reuters journalists at the scene said police armed with automatic weapons had put up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice's Jean Medecin Avenue, the city's main shopping thoroughfare. The ambulances and fire service vehicles were also at the scene.
The attack comes amid Frace is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of French middle school teacher Samuel Party in Paris by a man. The attacker had said he wanted to punish Paty for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohannad in a civics lesson.
However immediately clear what the motive was for the Nice attack, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.