By Tara Rippin • 29 October 2020 • 11:51
Toll rises to three dead in a suspected terrorist knife attack in Nice at around 9am this morning, Thursday, October 29.
FRENCH police have confirmed a woman has been decapitated, another woman and a man have died and several others injured in the knife attack which took place near the Notre Dame church.
The suspect was shot by police and is in hospital.
“The author did not stop shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ while he was medicalised on the spot”, tweeted Nice Mayor, Christian Estrosi, adding that “everything suggests a terrorist attack”.
In a statement, Abdallah Zekri, general delegate of the French Council of Muslim Worship (CFCM), said: “I can only strongly condemn the cowardice of this gesture against innocent people.”
Addressing all police departments, the Director General of the National Police, Frédéric Veaux, France is “the target of a high and constant terrorist threat”, reports Actu17.
He stressed that directors must “take all measures” to “secure the gatherings of people, especially on the occasion of the Christian religious celebrations of All Saints’ Day (this Sunday) but also vis-à-vis Muslim associations and places of worship.”
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