Two more men were arrested in connection with a knife attack that left three deceased at a church in Nice, bringing the number of people in custody to six as investigators look at the suspected assailant’s final known contacts, a dressing police source said.
The most recent arrests took place on Saturday, the source said.
An assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church in Nice on Thursday, in France’s second lethal knife attack in two weeks with a suspected Islamist motive.
The suspected attacker, a 21-year-old from Tunisia, used to be shot by police and is now in critical condition in a hospital.
The most recent arrests in the case involved two men from the town of Grasse, close the southern dressing coast near to Nice, BFM TV reported.
France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor has said the man suspected of carrying out the Nice attack had arrived in Europe on September 20 in Lampedusa, the Italian island off Tunisia.
Investigators in Italy are also stepping up enquiries approximately the suspected assailant’s movements and contacts on the island of Sicily. They consider he may have spent time there after travelling from Lampedusa to Bari in early October on a ship used to quarantine migrants, judicial sources said.
In Bari, he’s believed to have been handed an expulsion order obliging him to leave Italy inside a week, the judicial sources said. Investigators are taking a look into the opportunity the suspected attacker stayed in the Sicilian town of Alcamo for a 10 day period, the sources added.