Three people were killed, one of them at least, and others were wounded Thursday morning in a knife attack that police arrested the perpetrator in Nice, southwestern France, according to a new police toll.
The same source told AFP that two people, a man and a woman, were killed in Notre Dame Church, while a third died after being seriously injured in a nearby bar where he had taken refuge. The Office of the National Anti-Terrorism Prosecutor announced an investigation into the attack.
Two police officials, who have not been authorized to reveal their identities, said they believed Thursday’s attacker was acting alone and that the police were not looking for other attackers, according to the Associated Press.
Nice mayor Christian Estrosse told BFM television he had shouted, “God is great! Over and over, even after he’s injured.” He added that three people were killed, two inside the church and the third escaping, but he was fatally wounded. “The meaning of his chant leaves no room for doubt,” he added.
Pictures broadcast by French media in Nice showed the neighborhood closed and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles. Explosions were also heard when explosives experts blew up suspicious objects.
Later, French media reported that police killed a person in the city of Avignon after he threatened passers-by with a knife and tried to attack police officers.
French media reported that police officers initially tried to neutralize the aggressor without killing him, but the man remained standing, forcing them to use a weapon.
In Saudi Arabia, the official news agency reported that a citizen assaulted a security guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah on Thursday with a “sharp object”, wounding him, while indicating that the attacker had been arrested.
The French embassy in Riyadh confirmed that the consulate was attacked, noting that “the security guard was taken to the hospital, where his health condition is not a cause for concern.”
And the Saudi Press Agency reported that the Makkah Province Police had “arrested a citizen who attacked a security guard at the French Consulate,” noting that the guard suffered “minor injuries.”
The French embassy strongly condemned this vicious attack against a diplomatic facility, and called on its citizens in Saudi Arabia to “take the utmost caution and caution.”
Neither the Saudi authorities nor the French embassy have announced any motives behind the attack.
But it comes at a period of rising anger in the Islamic world after the statements of French President Emmanuel Macron, who pledged “not to abandon cartoons” of the Prophet Muhammad.
Many Muslim countries are witnessing demonstrations condemning the cartoons, calls to boycott French products, and chants condemning the French President.