A minimum of two individuals — together with a lady who was apparently decapitated — had been killed and several other others injured in a suspected terror assault by a knife-wielding man who shouted “Allahu akbar!” at a church within the French metropolis of Good, in response to studies.
Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the assault occurred in or close to the Notre Dame Church and that police had detained the assailant.
Estrosi mentioned the attacker shouted “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is nice” — repeatedly as police collared him and that “the that means of his gesture left little doubt.”
The mayor informed reporters that two individuals had been killed contained in the church and a 3rd one who escaped to a close-by bar was in a life-threatening situation.
“Every little thing factors to a terrorist assault,” Estrosi mentioned on Twitter.
The assailant was injured throughout his arrest and brought to a close-by hospital, a police official mentioned. He was believed to be appearing alone and police aren’t looking for different assailants, the official added.
Inside Minister Gérald Darmanin mentioned he was chairing a disaster assembly in response to the assault, in response to CNN.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor’s workplace mentioned it has launched an investigation into the assault, which comes because the nation remains to be reeling from latest beheading of center college instructor Samuel Paty in Paris by a person of Chechen origin.
He mentioned he needed to punish the instructor for displaying college students cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
France additionally has been on excessive alert for terror assaults for the reason that Jan. 15 bloodbath on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The trial of suspected accomplices in that assault is underway in Paris.
It was not instantly clear what the motive was behind the Good assault, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims deem to be blasphemous.
A wave of jihadist assaults, typically by so-called “lone wolf” assailants, has killed greater than 250 individuals on France since 2015.
Thursday’s assault prompted lawmakers in parliament to carry a minute of silence, earlier than Prime Minister Jean Castex and different ministers left for an emergency assembly with President Emmanuel Macron, who is predicted to go to the town.
With Put up Wires