PARIS/NICE: A knife assault within the French metropolis of Nice left not less than three folks useless and a number of others injured, police mentioned Thursday, after a person wielding a knife went on a stabbing spree outdoors a church.
Authorities had initially confirmed two useless however a police supply mentioned a 3rd individual had additionally succumbed to their wounds. The assailant slit the throat of considered one of his victims earlier than police apprehended him.
Police managed to detain the attacker round 9am and France’s nationwide anti-terror prosecutors confirmed having opened a homicide inquiry. The scenario “is now under control”, a spokeswoman mentioned.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi instructed journalists close to the basilica that the assailant stored repeating the identical phrases “even while under medication”.
“I can confirm everything lets us think this was a terror attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica”, he mentioned on Twitter.
French President Emmanuel Macron can be arriving shortly in Nice, Estrosi added.
Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin known as an emergency assembly, urging folks to keep away from the crime scene the place a “police operation” was in progress.
France has been on excessive alert for terror assaults for the reason that January 15 bloodbath on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, with the trial of suspected accomplices in that assault at present underway in Paris.
A wave of extremist assaults on French soil, usually by so-called “lone wolf” assailants, has killed greater than 250 folks since 2015.
The assault prompted lawmakers in parliament to carry a minute of silence, earlier than Prime Minister Jean Castex and different ministers abruptly left for an emergency assembly with President Emmanuel Macron.
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