A terrorist attack in the French city of Nice left three people dead, with one woman being horrifically decapitated as the killer shouted “Allahu Akbar” at the Basilica of Notre-Dame where the attacks occurred. The assault was one of three that hit France recently.
A suspect was arrested and taken to a nearby hospital after being injured during the arrest. Authorities said they believed the attacker was acting alone. French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Nice later today as the country’s interior minister, Gérald Darmanin has opened a “crisis cell following the event.”
A couple of weeks ago a French middle school teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded in the street of a Paris suburb while walking home from school. Paty had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students in a discussion on freedom of speech, an action that is not allowed under Islam. The attacker claimed the beheading was a punishment for showing students those cartoons. Following the attack, the killer shared pictures of the teacher’s decapitated head on his Twitter feed, which has since been deleted, claiming responsibility for the beheading “In the name of Allah.”
In southern France, Police killed a man in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon, after he had been threatening people with a handgun and shouting “Allahu Akbar!”
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said “Enough is enough, It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”
A wave of “lone-wolf” jihadist attacks has killed more than 250 people in France since 2015.