France knife assault in Nice: Live updates

France knife attack in Nice: Live updates


A Police car is parked by the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice on Thursday, October 29. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images

More particulars are rising in regards to the Nice assault. Here’s what we all know proper now:

The incident

At least three individuals have been killed in Nice, southern France, during a knife attack on the Notre Dame Basilica, the town’s major church.

Videos posted on social media confirmed police and navy officers responding to the incident, establishing a cordon within the metropolis middle.

The victims

One of the victims had her throat slit, a police supply instructed Source. The mayor of Nice had earlier described it as a decapitation. Another sufferer – a person – died following a number of stabbings, in response to the police supply. The third sufferer, a girl, was wounded contained in the church, however managed to depart. However, she died in a close-by café, the police supply mentioned.

The suspect

French nationwide police named the assault’s suspect as Brahim Aouissaoui, born in 1999. A supply within the Italian inside ministry instructed Source that Aouissaoui first arrived in Europe on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Nice’s mayor Christian Estrosi mentioned the attacker was shot by police, however continues to be alive and has been taken into custody.

Estrosi mentioned “everything points” to the incident being a terrorist assault, and France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor has taken over the investigation.

The response

French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the nation is not going to give in to terrorism after as soon as once more coming beneath assault from what he referred to as “Islamist and terrorist madness,” he said after visiting the scene of a deadly attack. The country’s terror alert level was raised to “emergency” following the incident.

International leaders have pledged solidarity with France, with the heads of Spain, Italy, Turkey, the UK and the European Parliament among those condemning the violence. The Vatican said Pope Francis is praying for victims. “Terrorism and violence can never be accepted,” it mentioned in a press release.

The French Council of the Muslim Faith has also condemned the incident; as did the French Bishop’s Council, which said Catholics across France “refuse to give into fear” following the attack.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt’s highest religious authority Al-Azhar have condemned the deadly knife attack in France on Thursday. 

The Turkish government’s communications director, Fahrettin Altun, also condemned the attack but criticized the French leadership saying they should avoid inflammatory rhetoric against Muslims. Tensions have been tense between the two countries, with Turkey particularly critical of treatment of Muslims in France.

The background

The incident is the most recent in numerous assaults to hit France in recent times, and comes lower than two weeks after the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty in Paris. Paty was focused after he used caricatures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad throughout a lesson.

Nice has been the target of terror in the past. In 2016 dozens died after an ISIS-inspired attacker plowed a 20-ton truck into Bastille Day crowds.

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