A man has stabbed three people to death in the French city of Nice, in what is being thought of as a succeeding attack after Samuel Patty beheading.
Local media reported at least one of them was beheaded and several others injured near the famed French church called Notre-Dame basilica, media reports confirm.
Police described the scene as a ‘vision of horror,’ the Guardian reports. Nice Mayor Christian Estorsi said all the spot evidence tipped to a terrorist attack.
Although it is not immediately clear if the attack that happened on 9 AM Thursday was continuation of Samuel Patty beheading in Paris.
‘I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice,’ Estori tweeted.
One woman was beheaded, and the other killed was a caretaker at the basilica.
Shortly after the attack police detained the suspect and the man was repeatedly shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ when treated — an Islamic call meaning God is Great!
The attacker told police he targeted the magazine for publishing the cartoon Prophet Muhammad. Mayor Estorsi called the incident ‘Islamo-fascism.’
A murder inquiry has been opened by France’s anti-terror prosecutor.
The new attack comes at a time when France is under high alert of terrorism in key locations after an 18-years old beheaded a school teacher per showing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad.
#UPDATE: The World reacts
On 3 AM Thursday, all the Churches in France rung the bell in unison to pay homage to the three people demised in the deadly attack, which happened less than a kilometer from the site where an attack roved a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing dozens of people in 2016.
Radio station Europe 1 reports, on the same day, police killed a man who was threatening crowds with a handgun in Montfavet, near the southern French city of Avignon. He was also shouting ‘Allahu Akbar.’
“Without question this is a very serious new challenge that is striking our country,” French PM told a paused General assembly where two minutes silence was observed.
The Vatican reacted to the knife rampage and said terrorism is unacceptable and the Pope will pray for the victims. And the Turkish foreign ministry said it stands in solidarity with France against violence and terrorism.
“I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance,” British PM Boris Johnson wrote on Twitter.
The French council of Muslim faith has called on the Muslims in France and has urged them to cancel the upcoming celebration of Mawlid — the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.
In a rare move, India took side with the EU in condemning Turkey for its recent attack on France. The Ministry of External Affairs said on Wednesday: “We strongly deplore the personal attacks in unacceptable language on President Emmanuel Macron in violation of the most basic standards of international discourse.
We also condemn the brutal terrorist attack that took the life of a French teacher in a gruesome manner that has shocked the world. We offer our condolences to his family and the people of France.”
An ideological war is currently battering the relationship between France and several other Muslim- majority nations, including Turkey after Emmanuel Macron vowed to fight back Islamism and not give up cartoons.
The French government backed by many ordinary citizens displayed huge cartoons of Prophet Muhammad in government building to protest against the brutal killing of Samuel Patty in broad daylight, which irked the Muslim community worldwide.
Note: the story has been updated with the latest information. Please refresh to see the latest updates.