Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, killed three worshipers in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice
The Islamist terrorist who shouted "Allahu Akbar" when he butchered a man and two women in an attack on a Catholic church in France today has been pictured.
Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian who came to Europe on a migrant boat just last month, attacked worshipers with a 12-inch blade in the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice and cut an elderly woman near the holy water open the church's throat in an attempt at beheading.
He hacked to death the sacristan Vincent Loques, a 54-year-old father of two, as he prepared for the first mass of the day, while a mother in her forties also succumbed to her injuries after taking refuge in a nearby bar Paramedics say, "Tell my children that I love them".
The attacker was shot 14 times by armed police when he shouted "God is greatest" in Arabic during the attack and "while on medication" when he was taken to hospital, said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi.
Aoussaoui arrived in Nice via the train station at around 6:30 a.m., where he changed quickly, Jean-Francois Ricard told journalists today. CCTV then showed him how he arrived at the church at 8:30 a.m. and stayed there for almost half an hour.
The attacker, born in Tunisia in 1999, stepped in Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa on September 20th and arrived in Paris on October 9th. The travel information came from a document on Aoussaoui from the Italian Red Cross, the prosecutor said.
Investigators found two unused knives, a Koran and two cell phones, as well as a bag with some personal items. Ricard said at a press conference that he was unknown to the French security services.
A picture of Aoussaoui bleeding on the floor and being treated by paramedics after he was shot dead by armed police outside the basilica was tweeted by the head of the respected SITE organization.
Elsewhere, a security guard outside the French consulate in Saudi Arabia was stabbed and wounded while two other men were arrested – one with a knife near a church in Sartrouville after his father reported he was launching an attack on Nice another who tried to get on a train in Lyon with a long blade.
The murders, which took place before All Saints Day on Sunday, prompted the French government to raise the terrorist alert level nationwide to the maximum emergency level.
Warnings of further terrorist atrocities followed a few days before the church rampage after Al-Qaeda published a press release calling for "jihad" (holy war) over the Charlie Hebdo newspaper cartoons about prophet Mohammed.
President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled quickly to Nice, announced increased surveillance of the churches by the French military patrol Sentinelle, which is to be increased from 3,000 to 7,000 soldiers.
School security will also be increased, he said. "Clearly, it is France that is under attack," said Macron, swearing to the country not to "give up our values".
Throwing his weight behind the Catholic Church, he said, "The entire nation will exist so that the religion can continue to be freely practiced in our country." He also called for "unity" and urged people "not to give in to the spirit of division".
Tonight, mourners attended vigils to pay tribute to the victims of the triple homicide. They lit candles in front of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice and in front of the French embassy in Berlin.
The attacks on President Macron across the Islamic world for defending satirical caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad and the day Sunni Muslims celebrate the Prophet's birthday.
Several Muslim-majority countries launched campaigns to boycott French products, while protesters burned Macron's tricolors and posters at demonstrations in Syria, Libya, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine.
Also on a day of terror for France:
- A security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed and wounded.
- A man armed with a knife was arrested near a church in Sartrouville after swearing to "do as in Nice".
- An Afghan man was arrested in Lyon and tried to board a train with a long knife.
- Malaysia's ex-prime minister said Muslims have the right to "kill millions of French people" if Islam is insulted.
- French politicians lined up to demand tougher action against what the mayor of Nice called "Islamo-fascism".
- Online jihadists today celebrated the triple murder in France and Saudi Arabia, according to a report by SITE
Vincent Loques (pictured), 45, a sacristan of the Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice, was brutally killed while preparing for the first mass of the day after the 21-year-old Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church
Three people have died after a knife-man attacked the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice before being shot by police
An elderly woman who had come to church early to pray was the first to be beheaded before a male church leader was also killed. A third woman was then stabbed multiple times, ran across the street, and died from her injuries
President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of a reported knife attack in Notre Dame Church in Nice
French coroners carry out the corpse of one of the three people killed in the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice
After an Islamist terrorist attack, people light candles in front of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice
People mourn as they attend a memorial for the victims who were killed in a church attack in Nice
Muslim devotees pray in the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille in south-eastern France
French policemen secure the street near the entrance to the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice
People mourn as they attend a memorial to the victims who were killed in a church attack in Nice
After a triple murder, young people light candles at the entrance to the Notre Dame basilica church in Nice
A woman places a candle on a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Nice attack in front of the French embassy in Berlin
Police swarmed around the area around 9 a.m. and ran into the church before the attacker was shot and arrested. Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attacker called Allahu Akbar even after being treated with drugs
Emmanuel Macron arrives at the site of the attack, where he spoke to paramedics and police officers
A security guard secures the area after a reported knife attack in Notre Dame church in Nice
Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference on Covid-19 with members of the European Council at the Elysee Palace
General view of the black carpet to pay tribute to the victims of the Nice attack at the Cannes Festival today
The first attack took place at 9 a.m. in Nice, the second two hours later in Avignon. Separately, a guard from the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed to death
In the Nice attack, the first victim – a woman in her seventies – was attacked after coming early to pray and found "almost beheaded" near the scripture.
The 45-year-old sacristan Vincent Loques, father of two children, was attacked and also beheaded.
A third woman – described as of African origin and in her mid-30s – was then stabbed "multiple times" and was able to flee to a bar across the street, where she died.
Muslims "have the right to kill the French," says the former Malaysian prime minister
Malaysia's former prime minister said today that Muslims have the right to "kill millions of French people" shortly after a knife-wielding Islamist killed three people in a deadly terrorist attack in Nice.
Mahathir Mohamad, who lost power with a Muslim majority in Malaysia in February, claimed that freedom of expression does not include "insulting other people" in a dispute over cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
The 95-year-old politician said he did not approve of beheading a French school teacher for sharing caricatures of the Prophet, but said: "Regardless of religion, angry people kill."
& # 39; The French have killed millions of people throughout their history. Many were Muslim, ”he said in a tweet that has since been removed for violating the site's rules.
Mahathir, who has had controversy over comments on Jews and LGBT people in the past, continued: "Muslims have the right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for past massacres."
The Malaysian politician said that "by and large" Muslims have not applied the "eye for an eye" principle: "Muslims do not". The French shouldn't. Instead, the French should teach their people to respect the feelings of others. "
Mahathir, who served twice as Malaysian prime minister for 24 years, said French President Emmanuel Macron was "very primitive" and "does not show that he is civilized".
The police were called and arrived at 9:10 a.m. They stormed the basilica, shot dead and arrested the attacker.
The attacker is a 21-year-old Tunisian who is believed to have entered France via Italy after being smuggled across the Mediterranean.
According to the Italian newspaper Ill Messaggero, Aoussaoui arrived on the island of Lampedusa on September 20 before being placed in coronavirus quarantine.
He was then taken to a migration center on mainland Italy on October 9, before being asked to leave Italian territory and released. From there he made his way to France. It is not exactly clear when he arrived.
Italian security services are currently investigating why Aoussaoui was freed and not arrested until he was deported.
The nice mayor Christian Estrosi said that Aoussaoui had "yelled at Allahu Akbar again and again after taking medication" and "the meaning of his gesture is beyond doubt".
"Enough is enough," he said. "It is now time for France to free itself from the peace laws in order to drive Islamofascism out of our territory for good."
Estrosi said the victims were killed in "terrible ways". "The methods are undoubtedly the same as those used against the brave teacher at Conflans Sainte Honorine, Samuel Paty," he said.
Meanwhile, a local councilor Eric Ciotti tweeted: “I have just asked President Macron to suspend all migration flows and all asylum procedures, especially at the Italian border. We have to protect the French! & # 39;
In Sartrouville, north of Paris, a man was arrested around 1pm after his father called the police and said his son had left home and planned to "do as he did in Nice".
Police stopped the man in his car near a local church and Le Parisien reports that he was in possession of a knife. The car was searched but nothing else was found.
Meanwhile, in Lyon, an Afghan was arrested in his twenties while trying to get on a tram with a long knife. The man was known to the French secret services.
In Avignon, around 11:15 a.m. in Montfavet, a man armed with a pistol began threatening people while calling Allahu Akbar1.
Police rushed to the scene and confronted the man who refused to drop his gun. The police then shot the man with a taser, which couldn't stop him. They opened fire with live ammunition and killed him.
French counter-terrorism investigators have announced that they will lead the probe into the attack in Nice, but have not yet started investigations in Avignon.
Meanwhile, in Saudi Arabia, a man was arrested after stabbing a guard at the French consulate with "a sharp tool". The attacker was arrested while the guard was being rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The French embassy in Riyadh condemned the "attack on diplomatic premises that can never be justified".
A woman who is believed to be the church leader's wife (wearing the beige sweater) is seen at the scene of the attack in Nice
A woman, believed to be a close friend of one of the victims, cries outside the basilica after three people have been killed
It is believed that the woman was a close friend of the community leader, locally known as Vincent L, who was killed in the attack
French President Emmanuel Macron and the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi (to his right) meet with police officers after a terrorist attack at Notre Dame Church in Nice
French President Emmanuel Macron (right), the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi (right), French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin (left) and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti arrive at Notre Dame Church in Nice
After a terrorist attack, police guard near the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France
Special forces guard the site of a reported knife attack in the Notre Dame church in Nice
A police dog handler and officers search a car parked near the Notre-Dame de Nice basilica
It was initially believed that police had foiled another Islamist attack in Avignon when an armed man was shot dead. It later emerged that he was a member of a right-wing extremist organization
"Eliminate this plague": French politicians call for measures to eradicate Islamo-fascism after three died in a terrorist attack in Nice
French politicians lined up to demand tougher measures against Islamic terrorism today after three people were murdered by a knife man in Nice.
The triple murder is the latest in a long line of terrorist attacks in France in recent years, including the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015 and the beheading of a school teacher two weeks ago after showing some of the magazine's cartoons.
The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said today: "Enough is enough … it is now time for France to break free from the peace laws in order to permanently wipe Islamofascism from our country."
One of Emmanuel Macron's party colleagues called for a "total mobilization" against extremism in a "war that the Islamists are waging against our nation".
Macron's Prime Minister Jean Castex said France's alert level had been set to the highest "attack emergency" following today's violence.
Within hours of the Nice attack, a rifleman was shot dead by police in Paris while a knife man was arrested for attacking a guard at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia.
Castex spoke in parliament where he had previously discussed France's new lockdown and said the Nice attack was "as cowardly as it is barbaric".
French anti-terrorist prosecutors have launched an investigation that Mayor Estrosi described as an "Islamic fascist attack".
French diplomats also urged the Saudi authorities to "shed light on this attack" and ensure the security of the French in the kingdom.
"We urge our colleagues in Saudi Arabia to show maximum vigilance," the embassy said after the Saudi security forces arrested the suspect, who allegedly is a Saudi citizen in his forties.
The Nice attack came less than half a mile from where another attacker plowed a truck into a crowd on Bastille Day in 2016, killing dozen.
Emmanuel Macron chaired an emergency cabinet meeting on the attack before leaving for Nice, where he is expected to arrive shortly.
French politicians were taking part in a debate over the country's new coronavirus restrictions when news of the attack reached them.
They observed a minute's silence before the debate was interrupted to allow a security meeting to be held.
Following the meeting, Prime Minister Jean Castex moved the threat level from "attack risk" to "emergency level", which means threats are imminent.
Pictures in French media showed that the neighborhood was locked and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles. Explosion noises were heard as pioneers exploded suspicious objects.
The Catholic Church issued a statement condemning the "unspeakable act" and saying that "Christians must not become a symbol to be cut down".
The Catholic bishops in France urged all church bells to ring at 3pm in solidarity with the victims before adding, “It is imperative to stop this burn as there is an urgent need to find the indispensable fraternity that brings us all keeps up these threats & # 39;
Pope Francis was among those who sparked sympathy and said, "I pray for the victims, for their families and for the French people we love so that they can respond to evil with good."
Former French Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande also issued statements condemning an "act of barbarism" and calling on people to oppose "enemies of democracy". while the latter swore that "democracy is our weapon … in the face of Islamist terrorism".
Tunisia strongly condemned a deadly "terrorist attack" on the Church in Nice and said it opened an investigation after it was reported that the attacker was Tunisian.
"Tunisia strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Nice and expresses its solidarity with the government and the French people," said a statement by the Foreign Ministry.
The North African state emphasized its "rejection of all forms of terrorism and extremism" and warned against "ideological and political exploitation of religions".
Jihadists celebrate the Nice terrorist attack as ISIS and al-Qaeda supporters demand more attacks against France to worsen online propaganda
Online jihadists celebrated the latest terrorist attack on France today after three people were murdered by a knife man in Nice one day, including a rifleman killed in Avignon and a security guard at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia.
According to the SITE Intelligence monitoring group, the last in a long line of violent attacks in France was "already massively celebrated in the jihad communities" by the end of Thursday.
SITE Director Rita Katz said it was "hard to remember the social media celebration so massive on terrorism" as jihadists welcomed the latest gruesome murders on Twitter and Facebook.
No group has yet taken responsibility for today's violence, but high tensions arise between France and the Muslim world after a teacher was beheaded two weeks ago for showing his class cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Katz said that after three violent episodes, jihadists celebrated the attackers' "freedom of action" within hours.
"These new attacks are taking place amid a massive and ongoing wave of jihadist media condemning France and its cartoonists," she said.
A SITE report said jihadists were "overjoyed" with the news from Nice, Avignon and Saudi Arabia today.
Extremists linked to both ISIS and al-Qaida took up the beheading of Samuel Paty earlier this month in an attempt to fuel further attacks against France.
Katz said the "prospect of coordination" between the various attackers was "increasingly plausible", although it has not been confirmed.
The assailant, who was shot and arrested by police, is reportedly a Tunisian migrant who recently entered France via Lampedusa, Italy.
The conviction came from US President Donald Trump, UN chief Antonio Guterres and European, Arab and Israeli leaders.
“Our hearts are with the people of France. America stands with our oldest ally in this battle, ”Trump tweeted. & # 39; These radical Islamic terrorist attacks must stop immediately. No country, France or anything else can take it for long! & # 39;
Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden promised to fight against "extremist violence" in his election.
"Jill and I keep the French people in our prayers after the terrible terrorist attack in Nice that targeted innocents in a place of worship," he said on Twitter.
"A Biden Harris administration will work with our allies and partners to prevent extremist violence in all forms."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron and the families of the victims of the Nice attack.
In a telegram quoted by the Kremlin, Putin called the attack "a cynical and cruel crime within a church" and said that "the idea of human morality is absolutely alien to terrorists".
On Thursday, Saudi Arabia "strongly condemned" fatal knife wounds in the French city of Nice, which the authorities are investigating as the latest terrorist attack in France.
A man with knives killed three people in a church in Nice on Thursday and cut at least one of their throats in an attack that triggered a global shock.
"We condemn and strongly condemn the terrorist attack … in Nice, France, in which a number of people were killed and injured," the Saudi Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.
"We reaffirm the Kingdom's categorical rejection of such extremist acts that are incompatible with all religions, human beliefs and common sense, and we reaffirm the importance of rejecting practices that generate hatred, violence and extremism."
The French Council on Muslim Worship also issued a statement strongly condemning the attack.
"As a sign of sadness and solidarity with the victims and their relatives, I urge the Muslims of France to cancel all celebrations of the Mawlid festival", which will take place on October 28th and 29th.
The attack is only the last to hit France after history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in another attack north of Paris.
Paty was stabbed to death by an 18-year-old Chechen man after showing the cartoons to his students during a free speech lesson.
Forensic experts wait outside the basilica after two people were killed in a terrorist attack in Nice
French soldiers and police officers secure the site of a knife attack in Nice
Rescue and police are mobilized after a man attacked several people with a knife in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice
French police guard a street after a knife attack in Nice
French police and firefighters guard a street after a knife attack in Nice
French police officers stand on a security edge after a knife attack in Notre Dame church in Nice
French police guard a street after a knife attack in Nice
A security guard is guarding the area following a reported knife attack in Notre Dame Church in Nice
French politicians were taking part in a coronavirus lockdown debate when news reached them – and were silent in the chamber for a minute (pictured)
The players and referees of the game OGC Nice versus Hapoel Be & # 39; er Sheva at the Allianz Riviera in Nice will observe a minute's silence before the game to commemorate the victims of the murders in Nice
The parents of the students at the school had campaigned against him before the attack. Seven were arrested.
Just a few weeks earlier, an 18-year-old Pakistani stabbed two wounded in front of the old offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
UN extremism official blows up "inflammatory" Charlie Hebdo cartoons
The head of a United Nations anti-extremism panel on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over mounting tensions over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and called for "mutual respect" between people.
The statement by Miguel Angel Moratinos, who heads the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, follows growing anger in the Muslim world over France's response to the beheading of a teacher who showed his students the pictures as part of a free speech class.
President Emmanuel Macron has vigorously defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad for reasons of freedom of speech and has sparked angry protests across much of the Muslim world and campaigns to boycott French products.
The United Nations High Representative "is following with great concern the growing tension and cases of intolerance caused by the publication of the satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed," a spokesman said.
& # 39; The inflammatory cartoons have also provoked acts of violence against innocent civilians who have been attacked for their mere religion, belief, or ethnicity.
"Offensive religions and sacred religious symbols provoke hatred and violent extremism, leading to polarization and fragmentation of society."
The man has admitted to police that he was targeting the magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also spoke out to condemn the attack and tweeted: “I am appalled to hear news of a barbaric attack on the Notre Dame Basilica from Nice this morning.
"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and Britain stands firmly against France against terror and intolerance."
Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed "solidarity" with France and said she was "deeply moved by the cruel murders in a church in Nice".
"I condemn the heinous and brutal attack that just took place in Nice and I am with France wholeheartedly," tweeted the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.
"We will remain united and determined in the face of barbarism and fanaticism."
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte condemned a “cowardly attack” and said: “Our convictions are stronger than fanaticism, hatred and terror. We hug the families of the victims and our French brothers. We are united! & # 39;
His Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez added: "We continue to defend freedom, our democratic values, the peace and security of our citizens."
A harsher tone came from Hungary, where populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote that the attack clearly showed that our culture, our way of life and our European values are in the crosshairs of extremist terrorism.
"We are ready to join forces to protect traditional European values and the traditional European way of life," Orban added.
The Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who previously ruled with extreme right-wing ministers, described the murders in Nice as a despicable Islamist terrorist attack.
& # 39; France has our full solidarity. We will defend our values and our European "way of life" with all our might against Islamists and political Islam, "said Kurz.
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.
On Thursday, Ankara said he had sharply condemned the "wild" knife attack on Thursday in southern France, in which three people were killed, and showed his "solidarity", although he diplomatically spat with Paris.
"We strongly condemn the attack that took place today in the Notre Dame Church in Nice," said a statement from the State Department, while we extend our condolences to the families of the victims.
Tunisians take part in a protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in France
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Tunisia on Thursday as anger spread across the Muslim world over the publication of the Muhammad cartoon
After demonstrations in Gaza, Bangladesh and Pakistan, protesters gathered on the streets of Tunisia on Thursday
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
Armed police approach the church where the attack presumably began during mass
Armed police officers can be seen on the streets of Nice early Thursday after the attack
The attack began around 9 a.m. when mass began in the basilica, the largest Roman Catholic church in Nice
After the attack on Thursday, police blocked the road that leads to the basilica
The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said it was standing as a government and as a people with … France in combating this hateful incident. Qatar issued a strong condemnation and reiterated its opposition to violence and terrorism, especially against places of worship and regardless of the motive
The State Department also expressed its condolences to the victim's families.
Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri expressed his "strongest condemnation and disapproval of the heinous criminal attack" and urged Muslims to "reject this criminal act that has nothing to do with Islam or the Prophet".
The anger of the Islamic world against France intensified on Wednesday when Turkey condemned a Charlie Hebdo cartoon in which its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifted a woman's burqa to look at her bare bum.
Erdogan called the cartoonists "villains" and accused the West of trying to "restart" the Crusades by attacking Islam after the picture appeared on the front of this week's magazine.
"I don't have to say anything to these villains who offend my beloved prophet to such an extent," said Erdogan, calling it a "disgusting attack".
Erdogan's spokesman on Thursday diverted the blame for the attack in France, saying: "We categorically deny any effort to associate ourselves with any type of violence."
“We will continue to confront any politician who offends our religion and values. We believe we don't owe anyone an apology for expressing our strong opposition to racism and xenophobia, ”he said.
“Our President has always called for cooperation against terrorism and extremism. We renew this appeal while rejecting the harmful rhetoric and actions against our religion and culture, whatever their ideological source. & # 39;
Erdogan shows Erdogan in a t-shirt and underpants. In his caricature he says "Ooh, the Prophet" while looking at the woman's bottom, and is headed: "Erdogan – privately he's very funny".
A Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing the naked prophet's bum was the image French school teacher Paty showed his class in the lesson that led to his murder and beheading earlier this month.
President Macron has vigorously defended freedom of expression and the right to mock religion after the terrorist attack, but has become a target of anger in the Islamic world.
Turkey has vowed to take "legal diplomatic measures" in response to the cartoon, while Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan called for an end to the "attacks on Islam". The West should be ready to treat blasphemy in the same way as it treats denial of the Holocaust.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also targeted France today by warning that insulting the Prophet would encourage “violence and bloodshed”.
Indian Muslims burn Emmanuel Macron's posters during a protest against his defense of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
Thousands of Muslims gathered in Bhopal, India to protest Macron's comments in defense of the Prophet's cartoons
The protesters in Bhopal also called for a boycott of French products, which is already under way in some Muslim countries
Pakistani journalists hold posters with the name Mohammed on them as they demonstrate in Karachi, Pakistan
Muslim protesters burn Emmanel Macron's posters at a protest in Quetta, Pakistan on Thursday
TERROR IN FRANCE: HOW ATTACKS HAVE DEVELOPED OVER FIVE YEARS
An attacker with a knife killed three people and injured several others in a church in Nice on Thursday, police said.
The terrorist attack took place less than two weeks after a man of Chechen origin beheaded the middle school teacher Samuel Paty.
Paty's attacker said he wanted to punish him for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad to students in a civic class.
Here are other attacks that have taken place in France in recent years:
September 25, 2020 – Two people are stabbed and wounded in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where Islamic militants carried out a fatal attack in 2015. A man from Pakistan was arrested
October 3, 2019 – Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old IT specialist with security clearance for work at Paris Police Headquarters, killed three policemen and a civilian employee before he was shot by police. He had converted to Islam about 10 years earlier.
March 23, 2018 – A gunman kills three people in southwest France after holding up a car, shooting at police, taking hostages in a supermarket and yelling "Allahu Akbar". Security forces storm the building and kill him.
July 26, 2016 – Two attackers kill a priest and severely wound another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot by French police. Francois Hollande, who was France's president at the time, said the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
July 14, 2016 – A rifleman drives a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice. 86 people were killed and others injured in an attack by the Islamic State. The attacker is identified as a French born in Tunisia.
June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabs a police commander in front of his house in a Paris suburb and kills his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was responding to an appeal from the Islamic State.
November 13, 2015 – Paris is rocked by multiple near-simultaneous firearm attacks on entertainment venues in the city, killing 130 people and injuring 368. The Islamic State says it is responsible for the attacks. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three other French.
January 7th to 9th, 2015 – Two Islamic militants break into an editorial meeting of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7th and rake it with bullets, killing 12 people. Another militant killed a policewoman the next day and took hostages in a supermarket on January 9th. Four people are killed before the police shoot him.
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