At least two people were killed and three others injured in a suspected terrorist attack inside Notre-Dame church in Nice, France. Early French media reports indicate that a woman has been beheaded, Sky News reports.
The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted that “everything suggests” that the attacks were a terrorist attack. The mayor added that a person was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital after being shot and injured by police during his arrest.
I am on site with the @ PoliceNat06 and the @pmdenice who arrested the perpetrator of the attack. I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de # Nice06. pic.twitter.com/VmpDqRwzB1
– Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) October 29, 2020
The mayor added that the attacker shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) while being held by the police.
“We have two people killed inside the church… Enough is enough… we must remove this Islamo-fascism from our territory,” the mayor declared following the attack, reports the Guardian.
The attack in Nice comes 13 days after French teacher Samuel Paty was assassinated and beheaded by Abdoullakh Abouyedovich Anzorov, an 18-year-old Russian refugee of Chechen origin. The motif is said to be Paty’s presentation of a five-year-old Charlie Hebdo cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad during a free speech class.
After Paty’s murder, Macron once again condemned extremism and radicalism while stressing that France would not “renounce cartoons. [of the Prophet]».
This statement, which the French president says is a defense of freedom of expression, sparked anger, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calling the French president “mentally ill”.
All over the Muslim world, calls to boycott France and French brands have been launched in response to the French president’s comments.
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