Updated: Nov 1, 2020
NICE, France October 28th, 2020 (Satyawahr) - "A knife-wielding muslim attacker (terrorist) shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday.
Three people have died in a knife attack at a church in Nice, in what French President Emmanuel Macron said was an "Islamist terrorist attack".
He said France would not surrender its core values after visiting the Notre-Dame basilica in the southern city. An extra 4,000 troops are being deployed to protect churches and schools.
In Nice, one elderly victim was "virtually beheaded", officials said. Another woman and a man also died.
President Macron has promised a crackdown on Islamic extremism in France
A male suspect was shot and detained.
Anti-terror prosecutors have opened an investigation into the attack and France has raised its national security alert to its highest level.
Police sources named the suspect as Brahim Aioussaoi, a 21-year-old Tunisian muslim who arrived by boat on the Italian island of Lampedusa in September. He was placed in coronavirus quarantine there before being released and told to leave Italy. He arrived in France earlier this month.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi spoke of "Islamo-fascism" and said the suspect had "repeated endlessly 'Allahu Akbar' ".
Two other attacks took place on Thursday, one in France and one in Saudi Arabia.
A man was shot dead in Montfavet near the southern French city of Avignon after threatening police with a handgun.
A guard was attacked outside the French consulate in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. A suspect was arrested and the guard taken to hospital.
Speaking after visiting Nice, President Macron said: "If we are attacked once again it is for the values which are ours: freedom, for the possibility on our soil to believe freely and not to give in to any spirit of terror.
"I say it with great clarity once again today: we won't surrender anything."
As measure of ensuring security the president said the number of soldiers being deployed to protect public places across the country would rise from 3,000 to 7,000.
Mr Estrosi draw parallels between the terrorist act today and the recent murder of teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded close to his school outside Paris earlier this month.
Police have not suggested a motive for the attack in Nice. However, it follows days of protests in some Muslim-majority countries triggered by President Macron's defense of "freedom of expression" the publication of cartoons that depicted the Prophet Mohammed. There have been calls in some countries for a boycott of French goods.
Please refer to official report from France 24 for more reportage on this topic
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