In what appears to be the second major French terror attack in two weeks, at least two have been killed and one critically injured in a brutal knife attack that occurred during the morning service of a local Catholic church – Notre Dame basilica – in Nice.
In an echo of the brutal attack on a schoolteacher that recently galvanized the French government to launch a major anti-terror crackdown, reports claimed that at least one of the victims had been decapitated, like the teacher was.
The incident is believed to be terror-related according to the city’s mayor. The suspect is reportedly alive, and has been taken into custody by police. A security perimeter has been set up around the church the city said, and it’s almost completely empty except for armed guards.
Witnesses on social media reported hearing shots fired as armed police responded to the incident, one reported hearing at least seven shots. The national police in France have urged the public to avoid the area, while cautioning that there’s no need to panic.
He wrote on Twitter: “I am on site with the @PoliceNat06 and the @pmdenice who arrested the perpetrator of the attack. I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de #Nice06.”
Estrosi told reporters that “Islamofacism” is at the heart of these attacks, and that the attacker reportedly shouted “Allah Akbar” – or “God is Great” in Arabic.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said he was convening a crisis meeting at the ministry in Paris.
In the aftermath of the most recent French terror attack on Samuel Paty, the high school teacher who was decapitated for sharing cartoons from Charlie Hebdo in class, President Emmanuel Macron launched a major crackdown on Islamic terror in France, which has been the worst-hit of Europe’s major countries by Islamic terror, largely due to its 6 million-plus Muslim population.
Earlier this month, some leaders of Muslim countries denounced Emmanuel Macron’s comments on Islamic Terror as “racist”.
Of course, these same leaders do nothing when China imprisons and tortures millions of Muslims.
Imran Khan is outraged over Macron’s comments on Islam. But his voice is silenced when China actually tortures Muslims in camps. The hypocrisy among the so called leaders of the Islamic world is stunning. They simply won’t call out Beijing
— Nidhi Razdan (@Nidhi) October 27, 2020
This latest attack, we suspect, will only serve to further galvanize public support for an aggressive dismantling of terror networks, while also directing more support to Marine Le Pen and the French right.