PARIS (Reuters) – Two other men have been arrested in connection with a knife attack that has left three dead in a church in Nice, bringing the number in police custody to six as investigators examine the latest contacts known to the alleged perpetrator, a French police source told me.
The last arrests took place on Saturday, the source said.
An assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice on Thursday, during the second deadly knife attack in France in two weeks with an alleged Islamist motive.
The suspected attacker, a 21-year-old Tunisian, was shot dead by police and is now in critical condition in a hospital.
The latest arrests in the case were for two men from the town of Grasse, near the south coast of France near Nice, BFM TV reported.
The anti-terrorism chief prosecutor said the man suspected of the Nice attack arrived in Europe on September 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia.
Investigators in Italy are also stepping up their investigations into the movements and contacts of the alleged assailant on the island of Sicily. They believe there may have been some time spent after going from Lampedusa to Bari in early October on a ship used to quarantine migrants, judicial sources said.
In Bari, he would have received a deportation order obliging him to leave Italy within a week, judicial sources said. Investigators are investigating the possibility that the alleged attacker remained in the Sicilian town of Alcamo for 10 days, the sources added.