Nice Church Attacker was Unknown to Authorities

  • he French mass media revealed the identity of the attacker to the church in Notre Dame in Nice and provoked criticism from experts.
  • Police arrived minutes later and arrested the assailant in the churchyard.
  • This is the third terrorist attack in France this month.

The name of the attacker who killed three people in Notre Dame Church in Nice, beheading one, was not on the list of people suspected of terrorist activity. The identity of this person has been revealed, and the police officers are looking for his possible instigators and accomplices.

Notre Dame Church terrorist attack

Prior to the agreement with the police and the judiciary, the French mass media revealed the identity of the attacker to the church in Notre Dame in Nice and provoked criticism from experts.

Jean-François Ricard, Attorney General for Terrorism, criticized the early release of the assailant’s identity, making it difficult for officers to find motives and possible accomplices for the accused.

Brahim A., the main defendant, was seriously injured and hospitalized. According to the prosecutor, during the arrest, the accused threatened the officers with a weapon and shot them.

Tunisian police have also launched an investigation into the attack. The Brahim family is said to live in the Tunisian coastal city of Sfax. The city is only 130 km from the Italian island of Lampedusa. Many African immigrants travel to the island first to immigrate to Europe.

Neither the French nor the Tunisian police have found Brahim on the list of suspected terrorists. Brahim boarded a ship off the coast of Tunisia last September 14, and sailed to Lampedusa, and then arrived in Italy on September 27.

Police released him after normal administrative procedures. He traveled to France via the port of Bari, in southeastern Italy, with the only identification he had received from the Red Cross.

Bleeding in the Church

The defendant arrived at Nice train station by train shortly before 7 AM and went to Notre Dame Cathedral around 8:30 AM shortly afterwards, killing three people. He cut the throat of a 60-year-old woman with a knife as soon as he entered the church.

Then he went to the pastor and stabbed him in the neck. His next victim was a 44-year-old woman who fled to a nearby restaurant with severe injuries, but died shortly afterwards.

Police arrived minutes later and arrested the assailant in the churchyard. The man was carrying three knives at the time of his arrest, only one of which he used. Personal belongings and a mobile phone were found in his pocket.

The accused shouted “Allah Akbar” when the police arrived at the scene, and therefore his act of assassination is considered to have Islamist motives.

France is a Target of Terrorism

Charlie Hebdo is a French satirical weekly magazine, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes.

This is the third terrorist attack in France this month. Just two weeks ago, a teacher named Samuel Paty was brutally murdered near Paris, and his death provoked growing disgust.

In the last days of September, an assailant seriously injured two people near the former office of the humorous magazine “Charlie Hebdo.” In the last five years, Islamist terrorism has killed 271 people in France.

French President Emmanuel Macron traveled to Nice on Thursday afternoon for talks with security forces and local officials. He said “all of France has been attacked because of its values,” and stressed that his country would not back down from those values.

Macron’s tough stance against the wave of Islamist terrorism sparked a wave of protests in Islamic countries. Macron announced in Nice that the French government had decided to take schools and churches more seriously. Appropriate measures are being taken to prepare police forces to deal with possible terrorist attacks.

As the French government faces terrorist attacks and the rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic, pressure from far-right forces on the government has intensified. The far-right forces are calling for stricter rules and regulations to fight “Islamic fascism.”

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Doris Mkwaya

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