- “I can confirm everything suggests this was a terror attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica,” in central Nice. The mayor of the city, Christian Estrosi said.
- According to Estrosi, the attacker repeated "Allahu Akbar," which means "God is great" in Arabic.
- "I can only strongly condemn the cowardice of this act against innocent people," said Abdallah Zekri of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in a statement.
France suffered yet another terror attack on Thursday in the southern city of Nice. An alleged Islamist terrorist killed three with a knife in the Notre-Dame Basilica. In addition, in what has left many utterly terrified, one of the victims, a 70-year old woman, was beheaded inside the church.
The barbaric attack happened in the heart of Nice. Another victim is said to have been a man, a staff member at the church. The third victim, a woman in her 40s, was critically injured. She subsequently managed to run from the church, but died due to the brutal injuries that she had sustained.
“I can confirm everything suggests this was a terror attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica,” in central Nice. The mayor of the city, Christian Estrosi, said. According to Estrosi, the attacker repeated “Allahu Akbar,” which means “God is great” in Arabic.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced a “crisis meeting” on Twitter. The Police chief of the Alpes-Maritimes region said that there is an ongoing operation in that area of the city, but did not give further details in regard to the same.
The attacker is believed to have acted alone, police said. However, they have yet to release further details about his identity.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s tough stance on Islam unleashed a wave of protests in Muslim countries and a boycott in some countries of French products. President Macron’s new statements came after the murder of a French teacher who was beheaded in an attack for showing some cartoons of Muhammad.
International leaders, such as the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have accused Macron of xenophobia and of being “hostile” to Islam.
Such attacks are however, not a new phenomenon in Nice, a city of just over 500,000 inhabitants. The city witnessed another attack on July 14, 2016, when a terrorist rammed his truck into hundreds of people during a national holiday event. More than 80 people lost their lives then as a result of the brutal, barbaric act.
Following Thursday’s attack, politicians and religious groups— both Christian and Muslim— have come out and strongly denounced the barbaric attack.
“I can only strongly condemn the cowardice of this act against innocent people,” said Abdallah Zekri of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) in a statement.
On it’s part, the headquarters of the Catholic Church, the Vatican, has released a statement saying the Pope was “praying for the victims.”
The French Bishops’ Council (CEF) on their part said they were stunned by an “unspeakable” act, adding that they hoped “Christians do not become a target for slaughter.”
“This gangrene which is terrorism must be fought urgently, in the same way, that there is an urgent need to install fraternity in our country in a concrete manner,” said spokesman Hugues de Woillemont.