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Nice terrorist attack: two dead, several wounded, attackers arrested, according to a police source


Two people are beheaded and several others injured in a church in Nice before an assailant is shot and arrested

  • Two people were beheaded and several others were stabbed to death after a knife attack in a cathedral in Nice
  • The city's mayor said "everything points to a terrorist attack" after the rampage began around 9:00 am local time
  • The police rushed to the area where they shot and arrested the perpetrator
  • Comes a fortnight after the teacher was beheaded near Paris; a month after knife wounds near Charlie Hebdo's offices

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Two people were beheaded and several others were stabbed to death in a terrorist attack on a cathedral in Nice.

The attack began around 9 a.m., according to local reports, before police flooded the area where they shot and arrested the attacker.

The city's mayor, Christian Estrosi, tweeted: “I'm on site with the [police] who arrested the perpetrator of the attack.

"I confirm that everything points to a terrorist attack in the Notre-Dame de Nice basilica."

Scene of the attack

At least two people were killed and several others injured after a terrorist knife attack was suspected in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice

The attack is said to have started around 9 a.m. before the police were called and the perpetrator was arrested. The area is now cordoned off

The attack is said to have started around 9 a.m. before the police were called and the perpetrator was arrested. The area is now cordoned off

The attack is only the final attack on France after an 18-year-old Pakistani stabbed two wounded in front of the old offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The man has admitted to police that he was targeting the magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Earlier this month, a French history teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded in another attack north of Paris – also for cartoons by the Prophet.

Paty was stabbed to death by an 18-year-old Chechen man after showing the cartoons to his students during a free speech lesson.

The parents of the students at the school had campaigned against him before the attack. Seven were arrested.

There are also mass protests against Emmanuel Macron in many Islamic countries after the French President spoke out in favor of the cartoons.

He tweeted in Arabic and wrote, “Nothing can ever hold us back. We respect all differences in the spirit of peace. We never accept hate speech and defend rational debate.

"We will always stand by human dignity and universal values."

His remarks have sparked demonstrations in Gaza, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh and boycotts of French products in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and the Palestinian Territories.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has outraged Macron, pointing out that he is mentally ill and needs to examine his health.

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