Nice attack: The southern French city of Nice mourned the brutal killing of three people in a Jihadist attack in the famed neo-Gothic Notre-Dame basilica on Thursday.
People gathered in front of the church where makeshift memorials were set up and people placed flowers and candles for the three victims who were killed by a Jihadist.
French President Emmanuel Macron called the attack an ‘Islamic terrorist attack,’ and the deployment of troops across France has been upped by 7k from 3k following the Samuel Paty killing.
A 21-years-old Tunisian man lodged a knife rampage inside the famed cathedral in France on Thursday morning and killed three and wounded several others.
The man, who arrived in Europe days before the attack, carried no official identity documents except for a Red Cross document from Italy, wherefrom he entered the subcontinent, We The World reported earlier.
The man was found to have arrived in Nice railway station in the wee hours of Thursday, where he changed his dress, flipped the coat inside-out, and walked toward the basilica, some 400 meters away, CCTV footages showed.
The man spent some 30-minutes inside the church before coming face to face with police and after some resistance he was neutralized. The man reportedly received severe wounds and is now in critical condition, French media reports confirm.
Witnesses say the man was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ when being treated in the hospital, a similar call that was also given by the 18-years-old Jihadist who beheaded Samuel patty.
“We are in a war against an enemy that is both inside and outside,” French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin told a French radio station on Friday.
“We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks.”
Who was killed in the latest France attack?
Three people, including a church staff were stabbed beyond recovery during the attack.
The first person was a 60-years-old lady who came to the church early morning to attend the mass. Shortly after she was ‘virtually beheaded’ and suffered a ‘very deep throat slit’ local media claimed.
The second victim of the attack became the church sexton, 55-year-old Vincent Loquès, who worked in France for 10-years. He is survived by his wife and two children. When he was opening the church doors for the day, the attacker slit his throat.
The third victim was a Brazilian from the nation’s eastern coast Salvador. Brazilian media identified the woman as Simone Barreto Silva, a 44-year-old mother of three.
She was attacked and somehow managed to flee but later succumbed to her deadly wounds in a nearby cafe where she took shelter, media reports confirm.
“Tell my children that I love them,” were the last words she managed to utter to those who tried to help her, according to French media.
France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard said the insides of the church were bloodied in the aftermath of the event. Local police said the scene was a ‘vision of horror.’
The European Council said in a statement that all the EU leaders ‘are shocked and saddened by the terrorist attacks in France,’ and ‘condemn in the strongest possible terms these attacks which represent attacks on our shared values.’
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has said India stands in solidarity with France, while the nation’s Muslim community has rallied in several places on India calling for a boycott of French goods.
A number of Muslim countries are already rallying against France for President Emmanuel Macron’s strong statements to crack down on the radical Islam and not give up making cartoons.
On October 16th, Samuel Paty, a French history teacher was beheaded by an 18-years-old Jihadist after he showed cartoons of Prophet Mohammad in a class on Freedom of expression.
We’re at War
France has been critical of radical Islam, from before the string of terror attacks took place in the nation. Earlier President Emmanuel Macron said the nation’s 6.1 million-strong Muslim community stands at a threat of forming a ‘counter society,’ and called Islam religion in ‘crisis,’ which Irked the Muslim world.
Then followed the October 16 beheading incident over Charlie Hebdo’s Prophet Mohammed cartoon, and then the least murder on Thursday, as put France at the top of security alert to its citizens.
“We are at war… against an enemy who is both an internal enemy and an external enemy, an ideology because we are not at war against a religion,” Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said, the BBC reports.
“We are at war against an ideology, Islamist ideology.”
Mr. Macron after visiting the site said attacking one person means the whole of France was under attack. “I say it with great clarity once again today: we won’t surrender anything,” he said.