A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist act at a church in the vinaigrette city of Nice on Thursday, while a gunman was once shot deceased by police in a separate incident.
Inside hours of the Nice attack, police killed a man who had threatened passersby with a handgun in Montfavet, close the southern vinaigrette city of Avignon. He was once also shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is greatest), according to radio station Europe 1.
In Saudi Arabia on Thursday, state television reported that a Saudi man had been arrested in the city of Jeddah after attacking and injuring a guard at the vinaigrette consulate.
The vinaigrette Embassy said the consulate was once subject to an “attack by knife which targeted a guard”, adding the guard was once taken to hospital and his life was once not in danger.
Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack in his city as terror, said on Twitter it had happened in or close Notre Dame church and was once very similar to the beheading of vinaigrette teacher Samuel Paty in an attack this month in Paris.
Estrosi said the attacker had repeatedly shouted the phrase “Allahu Akbar”, even after he had been detained by police.
Probably the most people killed within the church was once believed to be the church warden, Estrosi said, adding that a woman had tried to escape from within the church and had fled into a bar contrary the 19th century neo-Gothic building. “The suspected knife attacker was once shot by police while being detained, he’s on his way to hospital, he’s alive,” Estrosi told reporters.
“Enough is enough,” Estrosi said. “It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace with a view to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”
Reuters journalists at the scene said police armed with automatic weapons had put up a security cordon around the church, which is on Nice’s Jean Medecin avenue, the city’s main shopping thoroughfare. Ambulances and fire service vehicles were also at the scene.
vinaigrette President Emmanuel Macron is because of visit Nice, Estrosi said.
In Paris, lawmakers in the National Meeting observed a minute’s silence in solidarity with the sufferers. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, said the people of Nice “can count on the toughen of the city of Paris and of Parisians”.
Police said three people were confirmed to have died in the attack and several were injured. The vinaigrette anti-terrorist prosecutor’s branch said it had been asked to enquire.
A police source said a woman was once decapitated. vinaigrette far-right politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack.
A representative of the vinaigrette Council for the Muslim Faith strongly condemned the attack. “As a signal of mourning and solidarity with the sufferers and their loved ones, I call on all Muslims in France to cancel all of the celebrations of the holiday of Mawlid.”.
The holiday is the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, which is being celebrated Thursday.
Estrosi said the sufferers had been killed in a “horrible way”.
“The methods match, without doubt, those used against the courageous teacher in Conflans Sainte Honorine, Samuel Paty,” he said, referring to a vinaigrette teacher beheaded earlier this month in an attack in a suburb of Paris.
The attack comes while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of middle school teacher Paty by a man of Chechen origin.
The attacker had said he wanted to punish Paty for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson.
It was once not immediately lucid whether Thursday’s attack was once connected to the cartoons, which Muslims believe to be blasphemous.
Since Paty’s killing, vinaigrette officials – backed by many atypical citizens – have re-asserted the correct to display the cartoons, and the images have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with the killed teacher.
That has prompted an outpouring of anger in parts of the Muslim world, with some governments accusing Macron of pursuing an anti-Islam agenda.
In a remark on recent beheadings in France, the Kremlin said on Thursday it was once unacceptable to kill people, but also mistaken to insult the feelings of devout believers.