- The detainee is suspected of having been in contact with him on the eve of the brutal attack.
- Tunisia today gave an assurance that it will bring to book anyone involved in terrorist acts.
- Charlie Hebdo also published caricatures of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
French authorities have detained a man suspected of having contacted the perpetrator of Thursday’s attack in Nice, France, which killed three people at a local Catholic church. As per preliminary investigations, the 47-year-old man is suspected of having kept in touch with the attacker, and was taken into police custody on Thursday night.
The perpetrator of the attack is a 21-year-old Tunisian who arrived in France on 9 October from Italy.
The detainee is suspected of having been in contact with him on the eve of the brutal attack, as per information from France’s judiciary. The man was arrested at 9:50 pm on Thursday.
Following Thursday’s attack, three people died, with one of them having been beheaded. The attack took place in the basilica of Our Lady of the Assumption in Nice by a man armed with a bladed weapon.
As per the chronology of the attack, the attacker stormed the church at 8:29 AM on Thursday, and killed a 60-year-old woman and a 55-year-old man. A 44-year-old Brazilian citizen, residing in France, was attacked several times and ended up dying in a nearby restaurant, where she sought refuge.
The assailant, who was quickly arrested by the police, was severely shot and transported to the hospital. According to a source close to the investigation, the attacker shouted “Allah Akbar” (“God is great”) several times.
The attack came two weeks after another terrorist attack in France whereby a professor in a Paris neighborhood was beheaded after showing cartoons of Muhammad in a lesson on free speech.
In a tribute to Professor Samuel Paty, French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated France’s commitment to freedom of expression, including the publication of cartoons. The French President’s statements have sparked controversy in several Muslim countries, including demonstrations and boycotts of French products in protest.
Tunisia Will Try Anyone Linked to the Nice Attack
Tunisia today gave an assurance that it will bring to book anyone involved in terrorist acts, such as that committed on Thursday in Nice. The attacker was of Tunisian origin.
Sources from the Tunisian secret services revealed that an investigation had already been opened to find out more about the background of the suspect, and to investigate his family, friends, and possible links with terror groups.
The attack took place on an important day for Muslims, the festival of Mawlid, from October 28-29. The festival celebrates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad.
This year, Mawlid took place amid a growing controversy between France and Turkey over the publication of new cartoons of the Prophet, whose representation is prohibited by Islamic law.
Controversial satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo also published caricatures of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, exacerbating relations between Turkey and France.
No organization has so far claimed responsibility for the crime.