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The terror knife attack in Nice, in which three people died, was "planned and organized from abroad".


The 60-year-old woman who was beheaded in the Nice terrorist attack was a good-hearted, devout Catholic.

The married Nadine Devillers was a regular parishioner in the Church of Notre-Dame-de-l & # 39; Assomption.

Her husband burst into tears when he desperately called her 30-year-old friend to confirm that she had died in such dire circumstances.

Her childhood friend, Joelle Guichard, told the Var Matin newspaper: “She has been kind to a capital K.

60-year-old Nadine Devillers, victim of a nice terrorist attack, is pictured in a photo before the horrific incident on Thursday. Nadine's husband burst into tears when he confirmed that his wife had died in such dire circumstances

Devillers (pictured) was a regular parishioner at Notre Notre-Dame-de-l & # 39; Assomption Cathedral

“We have been friends for 30 years.

“I heard about the horror in Nice.

I immediately thought of Nadine.

“She lives not far from the cathedral and is a devout Catholic.

I took my phone to call her. I saw that I had a missed call, it was Nadine's husband.

As soon as he picked up the phone, when I heard his sobs, I understood.

"Is it her?" I asked.

"Yes," he replied. "She is it".

"It's an absolute nightmare," he added.

The two women grew up in Draguignan, a town in the Var region west of Nice.

Joelle added: “Nadine moved to Nice when she was 18.

"She had a strong and pure heart."

Security guards guard the area after a knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, yesterday

Security guards guard the area after a knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France, yesterday

Ms. Guichard moved to Quebec, Canada, but kept in touch with regular phone calls.

The malicious knife attack on Notre Dame Cathedral in Nice, in which three people died, was planned and organized from abroad, according to French investigators.

The attacker's profile, the identity of his contacts and the speed of the attack suggest the atrocities were planned in advance by committed jihadists, Le Parisien newspaper reported earlier this morning.

It said: "After the murders on Thursday in the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption Basillica, the investigators questioned the origin, the profile, the contacts and the speed of action of the alleged attacker."

Meanwhile, the anti-terror police arrested a third man in connection with the atrocity.

The suspect, a 35-year-old from a shabby part of Nice, is said to have rubbed shoulders with the perpetrator the day before the attack, according to court sources.

The man was arrested at home in Nice, in the north, after 10 p.m. yesterday evening.

He is believed to have close ties to the 47-year-old who was arrested nearby on Thursday night.

Yesterday, the Tunisian terrorist's family announced that the knife attacker had turned to a hermit-like prayer life prior to the atrocity following a lifestyle of drinks and drugs.

The 21-year-old Brahim al-Aouissaoui beheaded a 60-year-old woman, cut the 55-year-old sexton Vincent Loques' throat and stabbed the mother of three Simone Barreto Silva (44) on Thursday morning in the Nizza Notre-Dame basilica.

In just over six weeks, Aoussaoui traveled from Tunisia via Lampedusa to Italy, was taken to the mainland and released by the Italian authorities on deportation orders. From there he is said to have taken a train to Paris, where he stayed for a little over two weeks before going to Nice and starting his attack

In just over six weeks, Aoussaoui traveled from Tunisia via Lampedusa to Italy, was taken to the mainland and released by the Italian authorities on deportation orders. From there he is said to have taken a train to Paris, where he stayed for a little over two weeks before going to Nice and starting his attack

The nice terrorist Brahim Aoussaoui can be seen in a photo taken in the Italian port city of Bari, where he disembarked from a coronavirus quarantine ship on October 8 - marking his arrival on mainland Europe

The nice terrorist Brahim Aoussaoui can be seen in a photo taken in the Italian port city of Bari, where he disembarked from a coronavirus quarantine ship on October 8 – his arrival on mainland Europe

Another picture of Aouissaoui is held by his mother in the Tunisian province of Sfax, where she revealed that she had asked her son not to travel to France

Another picture of Aouissaoui is held by his mother in the Tunisian province of Sfax, where she revealed that she had asked her son not to travel to France

He has been shot and tasered 14 times and remains in the hospital in critical condition.

Speaking from Sfax, Tunisia, his mother said Aoussaoui had left school and worked as a motorcycle mechanic, initially spending his wages on alcohol and drugs.

She told the telegraph: "I always said to him," We are poor and you are wasting money? "" He would answer. "" If God wants it, He will lead me on the right path, it's my business. ". & # 39;

But over the past two and a half years he has become increasingly religious and isolated.

"He prayed (and) went from home to work and back without mixing with anyone or leaving the house," said his mother.

His brother Yassine said Aoussaoui harvested olives in Italy after leaving Tunisia and then moved on to France.

The day before the attack, October 28, he called the family and said he had just arrived in the country and was sleeping in front of the church. He sent a photo of himself to the cathedral where the attack would take place.

"He didn't tell me anything," said Yassine. He added that he did not understand how to carry out the attack on Nice so soon after arriving in France.

The country's interior minister, Gerald Darmanin, said the attacker was "not on any of our security watch lists, either French or European," adding that France was "at war against Islamist extremism … an enemy that both internal as well as external is ". .

Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, receives medical treatment after the death of three believers

Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, receives medical treatment after the death of three believers

He told RTL Radio: "We have to understand that there have been and will be other events like these terrible attacks."

Mr Darmanin said after a high-level security meeting that 3,500 reserves in France's gendarme force would be called to provide a total of 7,000 security guards to local authorities to ensure security.

Starting next week, around 4,000 additional French troops will be mobilized to bring the number of participants in the ongoing Sentinelle security operation to 7,000, the army confirmed.

According to the country's judicial spokesman, Aoussaoui left his family's impoverished village, Bou Hajla in Tunisia, on or around September 15, after paying smugglers to take him to Europe.

Five days later, he landed with 28 other migrants on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where records show that he was taken to a coronavirus quarantine center.

On September 25, he was transferred from the center to a quarantine ship, the Rhapsody, which was sailing towards the port city of Bari on the east coast of Italy.

The ship moored off the coast while the migrants waited for quarantine. Disembarkation began on October 8th. Aoussaoui was among those disembarking, with his fingerprints, name, and date of birth noted.

Border guards also took his picture – this shows him smiling while holding a card with the number & # 39; 104 & # 39; holds up. It captures the moment when Aoussaoui stepped onto mainland Europe.

Officials also conducted background checks which Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra reported came back clean. They found that Aoussaoui had no criminal background, had not tried to enter the country before, and was not on any international watch list.

Even so, Aoussaoui had no legal right to enter Europe and received a deportation order that gave him seven days to leave Italy.

What happened next is now under investigation. Despite the deportation order, Aoussaoui appears to have been liberated by Italian immigration officials. He did not return to Tunisia, but to France.

Corriere reports that border officials had divided the migrants into three groups – the first group consisted of 104 adults with a criminal background or other suspect who were taken to a detention center.

The second group consisted of 177 people, almost half of whom were children and were in temporary shelters. A third group of 104 people, including Aoussaoui, were not taken to a detention center or animal shelter, so they were free.

French security sources have also suggested that Aoussaoui should be deported, but Tunisia would not recognize him as a citizen. In the midst of the confusion, he simply left detention.

Investigations are currently ongoing in France, Italy and Tunisia to determine the exact chain of events.

From here, Aoussaoui's movements become less clear. Sometime between October 9 and 10, he seems to have left Bari on a train to Paris to bypass the French border controls.

After arriving in Paris, his movements and contacts are a mystery. However, it is believed that he stayed in and around the city until October 29, the day of the Nice attack.

That morning, an early train to Nice took off and, according to French investigators, arrived in the city at 6:30 a.m.

He is known to have taken a photo of the Notre Dame Basilica – the same church he would later attack – with a phone to send to his brother in Tunisia. He wanted to stay there overnight.

When the church opened at 8:30 am, he went inside before pulling out a 12-inch blade and launching his attack, killing three people in "terrible" ways.

ERDOGAN'S KEY WORDS BEFORE THE ATTACK

The Nice terrorist attack followed days of attacks on Macron in Islamic countries for caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed, led by Turkish President Erdogan.

On Saturday, Erdogan launched a broadside at Macron, saying he would have to undergo "mental controls" to treat "millions of members of different faiths this way".

At a rally the following day, he redoubled his attack, accusing Macron of "obsessing over Erdogan day and night."

On Monday he intensified his attacks even further, describing European leaders as "fascists" and "links in the chains of Nazism" for what he termed the persecution of Muslims in Europe.

Erdogan added that Muslims on the continent "are now exposed to a lynching campaign similar to that against Jews in Europe prior to World War II".

He highlighted Macron and urged European leaders to do so "put and end" what he called the French President's "anti-Islam" agenda.

The series escalated again on Wednesday after Charlie Hebdo published a front page cartoon by Erdogan in which a woman's burqa was lifted to look at her bare bum while he said, "Oh, the Prophet."

The cartoon appeared under a headline that read, "Erdogan: In his private life, he's very funny".

The Turkish leader condemned "villains" for publishing the cartoon and accused the West of "wanting to restart the Crusades".

"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".

Turkey has vowed to take "legal diplomatic action" in response to the cartoon.

The day after his statements were published, the attack on the Church in Nice began.

Erdogan has not spoken publicly against Macron or France since then, despite his spokesman defending his earlier statements – while defending the attack.

"We don't owe anyone an apology for expressing our strong opposition to racism and xenophobia," the spokesman said.

The first to die was an as yet unidentified parishioner in their sixties, a regular at the church who had come to pray first thing in the morning and whose throat had been cut while attempting to behead near the cupboard.

The next to die was the 54-year-old sacristan of the Church, Vincent Loques, who had opened the doors to Aoussaoui and was preparing for mass. He should celebrate his birthday on Friday.

Another parishioner, Simone Barreto Silva, 44, who was born in Brazil, was stabbed several times but escaped from the church at around 8:54 a.m. and ran to a nearby burger bar where she bled to death.

The last words of the mother of three to the paramedics were: "Tell my children that I love them".

Friends in Brazil said Silva had been in France for 30 years. Brahim Jelloule, the owner of the restaurant she stumbled upon before she died, revealed the first time his brother saw Silva on the street covered in blood.

Jelloule, a Muslim, said his brother and a staff member dragged Silva into before going to church and confronting Aoussaoui, who was still in one armed with a knife.

The couple fled and called the police, who arrived around 9:10 a.m. and shot Aoussaoui 14 times when he saw & # 39; Allahu Akbar & # 39; cried – God is the greatest in Arabic – a sentence he kept shouting even after the calming down.

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 police was tweeted by the head of the respected SITE organization.

Last night, police arrested a 47-year-old man in Nice who was believed to have been in contact with Aoussaoui the day before the attack and who may have given him a phone.

Investigators are investigating Aoussaoui's contacts and trying to determine whether he has been radicalized himself or has been ordered to carry out his attack by a terrorist group.

The attack came just days after Thabat, an al-Qaeda-affiliated press agency, published a call to Muslims to wage a “jihad” (holy war) in France over the cartoons of the prophet published by Charlie Hebdo.

Prosecutors in Tunisia have also opened an investigation into Aoussaoui's contacts and life before he left the country, including whether he had ties to terrorist groups.

The country's top prosecutor said the 21-year-old was not being monitored by anti-terrorist forces but would instead conduct further investigations.

Aoussaoui's family, who spoke from the impoverished Tunisian town of Bouhajla, where he lived before moving to Europe, said they had been in contact with them since arriving in France.

Mother Kmar, from the Tunisian province of Sfax, said with tearful eyes that she was surprised to hear that her son was in France when he called when he arrived and had no idea what he was up to.

"You don't know the French language, you don't know anyone there, you will live there alone, why, why did you go there?" she said she told him over the phone at the time.

She said Aoussaoui had turned to religion and isolated himself for the past two years.

"He prayed … (and) went from home to work and back without mingling with anyone or leaving the house," she said.

But before that he drank alcohol and did drugs. I always said to him: "We are poor and you are wasting money?" He replied, "If God wants it, he will lead me on the right path, it is my business."

His brother told Al Arabiya TV, “He told me he wanted to spend the night in front of the cathedral. He also sent me a photo of the building. He called me when he arrived in France. & # 39;

He then told the family about the shock that Brahim Aoussaoui was responsible for the terrorist attack.

"What we saw in the pictures is him, our son," they said.

Before leaving, Brahim had struggled to find a regular job and had done "various jobs," said a neighbor.

Meanwhile, the Tunisian judicial spokesman said Brahim was not classified as a hardliner and was not known to the security forces before leaving. He said Brahim left the country on or about September 14th.

The murders, which preceded the Catholic holiday of All Saints on Sunday – and the day Sunni Muslims celebrate the Prophet Muhammad's birthday – prompted the French government to raise the terrorist alert level nationwide to the maximum "emergency level".

Victim: Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva, 44, also succumbed to her injuries after seeking refuge in a nearby burger bar. Her last words were to paramedics to whom she said, "Tell my children that I love them."

Victim: Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva, 44, also succumbed to her injuries after seeking refuge in a nearby burger bar. Her last words were to paramedics to whom she said, "Tell my children that I love them."

Victims: Vincent Loques, 54, a sacristan of Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice, was brutally killed while preparing for the first mass of the day after 21-year-old Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church

Victims: Vincent Loques, 54, 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 21-year-old Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church

KILLER & # 39; S MOTHER: Kmar (right), the mother of the nice attacker Brahim Aouissaoui, who killed three people in the terrorist attack on Thursday, cries in her house in Tunisia last night after being questioned by the anti-terrorist police has been

KILLER & # 39; S MOTHER: Kmar (right), the mother of the nice attacker Brahim Aouissaoui, who killed three people in the terrorist attack on Thursday, cries in her home in Tunisia last night after being questioned by the anti-terror police

The counter-terrorism police arrested a 47-year-old man in Nice last night on suspicion of being an accomplice to the knife man and gave him one of two cell phones that were used to find the attacker.

The man is said to have been in close contact with the 21-year-old jihadist on Wednesday, the day before the attack, police sources told the French media.

President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled quickly to Nice, announced that the surveillance of the churches by the French Sentinelle military patrols would increase 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".

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, speaking on French radio on Friday, added that France was "at war … against an ideology, the Islamist ideology, which seeks to impose its cultural codes, its way of life … through terror".

He said France is a "big target" for terrorists because it symbolizes freedom, secular society and the rule of law – a reference to the ongoing trial of 14 people charged with the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine.

"Islamism is a form of fascism in the 21st century," he added, "an extremism that we must fight."

Meanwhile, Eric Ciotti, MP for the Alpes-Maritime region, where Nice is located, said France had "become the preferred target of terrorists" and that Nice in particular had become a "city of martyrs".

Nuns pay tribute to the victims of a fatal knife attack in the Notre Dame church in Nice with flowers

Nuns pay tribute to the victims of a fatal knife attack in the Notre Dame church in Nice with flowers

A woman places a candle near a painting of Vincent Loques, sexton of the Notre Dame Church, one of the victims of a terrorist attack

A woman places a candle near a painting of Vincent Loques, sexton of the Notre Dame Church, one of the victims of a terrorist attack

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice, France

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice, France

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice

A nun lays flowers in front of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption Basilica in Nice

A nun lays flowers in front of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption Basilica in Nice

A man prays the next candles and flowers left outside Nice's Notre Dame church in memory of the victims of a knife attack

A man prays the next candles and flowers left outside Nice's Notre Dame church in memory of the victims of a knife attack

Eric Ciotti, President of the Alpes-Maritimes Department Council and Member of the Parilament, pays tribute to the victims of a fatal knife attack in the Notre Dame church

Eric Ciotti, President of the Alpes-Maritimes Department Council and member of the Parilament, pays tribute to the victims of a fatal knife attack in the Notre Dame church

The priest of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption Basilica, Franklin Parmentier (3rd from left) and the right-wing MP of the Republic of Les Republicains, Eric Ciotti (3rd from left), pay homage to the Church

The priest of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption Basilica, Franklin Parmentier (3rd from left) and the right-wing MP of the Republic of Les Republicains, Eric Ciotti (3rd from left), pay homage to the Church

A woman cries as she speaks to reporters outside the Notre Dame church in Nice

A woman cries as she speaks to reporters outside the Notre Dame church in Nice

French soldiers patrol near Notre Dame church the day after a fatal knife attack in Nice

French soldiers patrol near Notre Dame church the day after a fatal knife attack in Nice

After speaking to Macron since the attack, Ciotti said he had "noticed a change in the president's tone".

"He was very wrong in trying to create the impression of flattering the various communities," said Eric Ciotti. "I expect a profound, radical change in policy."

Ciotti said he had urged Macron to "stop all forms of immigration" and received assurances that a "moratorium on false asylum seekers" would follow shortly.

As part of the "change of tone", Darmanin confirmed that 18 suspected Islamists will be expelled from France in the coming days, in addition to 14 who were expelled after the decapitation of teacher Samuel Paty.

Mourners attended vigils to pay tribute to the victims of the triple murder last night. 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.

There were also tears in Tunisia, where the attacker's mother, Kmar, cried after being questioned by police at her home in Sfax.

The attack comes amid the anger in the Islamic world against President Macron for defending satirical caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed and on 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 celebrated the triple murder in France and Saudi Arabia yesterday, according to a report from SITE

Elsewhere, a man was arrested at around 1pm on Thursday in Sartrouville, north of Paris, after his father called the police and said his son had left home planning 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, a man armed with a pistol began threatening people in Montfavet around 11.15 a.m.

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.

The man was originally believed to be an Islamist and French media reported that he shouted "Allahu Akbar".

However, it was later revealed that he was a right-wing extremist belonging to the anti-Islam identity movement who welcomed the Nazis.

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".

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.

Despite the attack, protests against France and Macron continued on Friday. Thousands of Muslim worshipers left the Friday prayers in Pakistan and took to the streets, chanting anti-French slogans and calling for a boycott of French products.

An estimated 2,000 worshipers took to the streets in the eastern city of Lahore celebrating Mawlid, the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

Dozens of people angrily stamped French flags and wept over the boycott of French products. In Multan, a city in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province, thousands burned a portrait of French President Emmanuel Macron and called on Pakistan to cut ties with France.

Further gatherings were planned for later Friday in Pakistan, including the capital, Islamabad, where police were in place to prevent possible demonstrations outside the French embassy. The atmosphere was tense when the police set up shipping containers to block the streets.

Further protests, largely organized by Islamists, are expected across the region, including Lebanon and Gaza.

In Afghanistan, members of the Islamist Hezb-i-Islami party set the French flag on fire. Its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, warned Macron that if he "doesn't control the situation, we will go into a third world war and Europe will be responsible".

Forensic experts work outside the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice at night after a terrorist attack on a Catholic church

Forensic experts work outside the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice at night after a terrorist attack on a Catholic church

Forensic experts work at night in a cafe near the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice after an Islamist terrorist attack

Forensic experts work in a cafe near the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice at night after an Islamist terrorist attack

After an Islamist terrorist attack, people light candles in front of 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

Tribute to the victims of the attack on the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice with mourners holding the tri-colored flag of the church

Tribute to the victims of the attack on the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice with mourners holding the tri-colored flag of the church

People mourn as they attend a memorial for the victims who were killed in a church attack 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

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

French policemen secure the street near the entrance to the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, French Prime Minister Jean Castex and President of the Bishops' Conference of France Eric de Moulins-Beaufort speak to the press after their meeting at the Matignon Hotel in Paris

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, French Prime Minister Jean Castex and President of the Bishops' Conference of France Eric de Moulins-Beaufort speak to the press after their meeting at the Matignon Hotel in Paris

People mourn as they attend a memorial to the victims who were killed in a church attack in Nice

People mourn as they attend a memorial to the victims who were killed in a church attack in Nice

During a vigil, people light candles in front of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice to remember the victims

During a vigil, people light candles in front of the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice to remember the victims

A woman places a candle on a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Nice attack in front of the French embassy in Berlin

A woman places a candle on a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Nice attack in front of the French embassy in Berlin

"Eliminate this plague": French politicians call for measures to eradicate Islamo-fascism after three died in a terrorist attack in Nice

Französische Politiker stellten sich auf, um härtere Maßnahmen gegen den islamistischen Terrorismus zu fordern, nachdem drei Menschen in Nizza von einem Messermann ermordet worden waren.

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.

Der Bürgermeister von Nizza, Christian Estrosi, sagte: "Genug ist genug … es ist jetzt Zeit für Frankreich, sich von den Friedensgesetzen zu befreien, um den Islamofaschismus endgültig aus unserem Land auszulöschen."

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".

Macrons Premierminister Jean Castex sagte, Frankreichs Alarmstufe sei nach der Gewalt auf den höchsten "Angriffsnotfall" eingestellt worden.

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".

In the past week, protests and calls for a boycott against French products have spread rapidly from Bangladesh via Pakistan to Kuwait. Social media pulsed with anti-France hashtags.

Die muslimischen Führer, insbesondere der türkische Präsident Recep Tayyip Erdogan, haben Frankreich lautstark dafür kritisiert, was sie als provokative und anti-muslimische Haltung der Regierung ansehen.

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-Dschihadisten feierten den jüngsten Terroranschlag auf Frankreich, nachdem an einem Tag in Nizza drei Menschen von einem Messermann ermordet worden waren, bei dem auch ein in Avignon getöteter Schütze und ein Wachmann bei einem französischen Konsulat in Saudi-Arabien angegriffen wurden.

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.

Noch hat keine Gruppe die Verantwortung für die Gewalt übernommen, aber es kommt zu den hohen Spannungen zwischen Frankreich und der muslimischen Welt, nachdem ein Lehrer vor zwei Wochen enthauptet wurde, weil er seiner Klasse Cartoons des Propheten Mohammed gezeigt hatte.

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.

Ein Bericht von SITE sagte, dass Dschihadisten von den Nachrichten aus Nizza, Avignon und Saudi-Arabien "überglücklich" waren.

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.

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 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

A woman, believed to be a close friend of one of the victims, cries outside the basilica after three people have been killed

President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of a reported knife attack in Notre Dame Church in Nice

President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of a reported knife attack in Notre Dame Church in Nice

Three people have died after a knife-man attacked the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice before being shot by police

Three people have died after a knife-man attacked the Notre Dame Basilica in Nice before being shot by police

French coroners carry out the body of one of the three people killed in the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice

French coroners carry out the body of one of the three people killed in the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice

The police storm the basilica

The police storm the basilica

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

French politicians were taking part in a coronavirus lockdown debate when news reached them - and were silent in the chamber for a minute (pictured)

French politicians were taking part in a coronavirus lockdown debate when news reached them – and were silent in the chamber for a minute (pictured)

Gesamtansicht des Schwarzen Teppichs, um den Opfern des Anschlags in Nizza bei den Festspielen von Cannes Tribut zu zollen

Gesamtansicht des Schwarzen Teppichs, um den Opfern des Anschlags in Nizza bei den Festspielen von Cannes Tribut zu zollen

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 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.

Muslims "have the right to kill the French," says the former Malaysian prime minister

Malaysias ehemaliger Premierminister sagte, dass Muslime das Recht haben, "Millionen Franzosen zu töten", kurz nachdem ein mit Messern schwingender Islamist drei Menschen bei einem tödlichen Terroranschlag in Nizza getötet hatte.

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 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.

Pakistaner nehmen an einer Kundgebung zum Mawlid al-Nabi-Feiertag teil, der den Geburtstag des islamischen Propheten feiert

Pakistaner nehmen an einer Kundgebung zum Mawlid al-Nabi-Feiertag teil, der den Geburtstag des islamischen Propheten feiert

Pakistaner nehmen an einer Kundgebung zum Mawlid al-Nabi-Feiertag teil, der den Geburtstag des islamischen Propheten feiert

Pakistaner nehmen an einer Kundgebung zum Mawlid al-Nabi-Feiertag teil, der den Geburtstag des islamischen Propheten feiert

Muslimische Demonstranten rufen Slogans, als sie während eines Protestes, der den Boykott französischer Produkte in Hyderabad, Indien, fordert, ein Plakat des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron zerreißen

Muslimische Demonstranten rufen Slogans, als sie während eines Protestes, der den Boykott französischer Produkte in Hyderabad, Indien, fordert, ein Plakat des französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron zerreißen

Muslime nehmen nach dem Freitagsgebet an einem Protest teil und fordern den Boykott französischer Produkte in Dhaka, Bangladesch

Muslime nehmen nach dem Freitagsgebet an einem Protest teil und fordern den Boykott französischer Produkte in Dhaka, Bangladesch

Während eines Protestes in Hyderabad, Indien, rufen Muslime Parolen gegen den französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron

Während eines Protestes in Hyderabad, Indien, rufen Muslime Parolen gegen den französischen Präsidenten Emmanuel Macron

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.

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."

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.

In der Zwischenzeit zielte der iranische Präsident Hassan Rouhani auch auf Frankreich, indem er warnte, dass eine Beleidigung des Propheten "Gewalt und Blutvergießen" fördern würde.

Muslime singen nach dem Freitagsgebet Parolen, während sie an einem Protest teilnehmen, der den Boykott französischer Produkte in Dhaka fordert

Muslims chant slogans after Friday prayer as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Dhaka

An effigy depicting the French president Emmanuel Macron is seen as Muslims chant slogans denouncing him during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh

An effigy depicting the French president Emmanuel Macron is seen as Muslims chant slogans denouncing him during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Bangladesh

Muslims burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Bangladesh

Muslims hold an effigy depicting French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims hold an effigy depicting French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims hold pictures of the French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims hold pictures of the French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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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