- President Trump and other world leaders sent their tributes to France.
- The attacker was identified as Brahim Aouissaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant.
- Following today’s attack, the government of France raised the alert level throughout the country.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday expressed his support for his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron’s tough stance against radical Islam and his crackdown on Islamist terrorists. Through his social networks, President Trump expressed his support for France and stressed that such attacks should be halted “immediately.”
“Our hearts are with the people of France. America stands with our oldest Ally in this fight. These Radical Islamic terrorist attacks must stop immediately. No country, France or otherwise can long put up with it!”
Three people were killed, with one of them beheaded, in a knife attack Thursday inside a church in the French city of Nice, by an alleged Islamist terrorist.
The attack took place today inside the Notre-Dame Basilica, in the heart of this city on the French Riviera. The attacker is already in police custody.
According to a source close to the investigation, the attacker was identified as Brahim Aouissaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant who arrived in France at the beginning of the month after passing through the Italian island of Lampedusa.
At the time of the attack he shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is great) several times. He was wounded by at least six shots during the police intervention, and is currently hospitalized. Four years ago, Nice suffered another terrible terrorist attack that left 86 people dead.
Following today’s attack, the government of France raised the alert level throughout the country and increased the number of military personnel patrolling the streets from 3,000 to 7,000.
In particular, these personnel were sent to protect places of worship on the eve of the Catholic feast of All Saints Day on Sunday. After the attack, a man was killed in the city of Avignon, when he threatened policemen with a knife.
Two weeks ago, a history teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded by a radical Russian refugee after showing his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a lesson on freedom of expression.
Faced with this wave of terrorist attacks, President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the country “will not yield an iota” in the defense of French values, amid a climate of diplomatic tension with political and religious leaders of Muslim countries.
France has been plagued by high-impact terrorist attacks since 2015, when a jihadist attack on January 7 against the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo left 12 dead.
On November 13 of the same year, a jihadist command carried out coordinated attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.
Currently, the trial for the attack on Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly magazine, which features cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes. in which some of the most famous cartoonists in France were killed is taking place in Paris.
Coinciding with the opening of the trial, the weekly paper published the cartoons of Muhammad that have made it a target of the jihadists, which has earned it convictions in the Muslim world.