Al Jazeera.com News ————–by staff ——————Thurs., Oct. 29, 2020
France is facing the fear of deadly attacks after several people were stabbed at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the country to raise its security alert status to the highest level.
This is what we know so far:
–World leaders, Christian figures decry attack at Nice church
–Knife attack in French city Nice leaves three dead
–Timeline: A series of attacks in France amid a debate over Islam
–Saudi wounds guard at French consulate in knife attack
A knife-wielding attacker beheaded a woman and killed two other people at the Notre Dame church in the French city of Nice.
The man entered the building and slit the throat of a church employee, partially beheaded an elderly woman, and badly wounded another woman, according to a police source.
The employee and the elderly woman died on the spot, the other woman managed to make it out of the church into a nearby cafe, but she later died from her wounds, Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi told reporters at the scene. None of the victims has so far been named.
The sexton – a member of staff responsible for the upkeep of the church – was in his late 40s or early 50s.
When did the attack happen?
The attack took place on Thursday at about 9am local time (08:00 GMT), and it came just days after thousands rallied across France in solidarity with teacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded for having shown pupils cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
It was not immediately clear if Thursday’s attack was connected to the cartoons, which Muslims consider blasphemous.
President Emmanuel Macron visited Nice after the attack calling it an “Islamist terrorist attack”.