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    Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

    Tunisian carrying Quran fatally stabs 3 in French church

    By LORI HINNANT and DANIEL COLE October 29, 2020



    Police work behind a restricted zone near the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France, after a knife attack took place on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. An attacker armed with a knife killed at least three people at a church in the Mediterranean city of Nice, prompting the prime minister to announce that France was raising its security alert status to the highest level. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

    NICE, France (AP) — A young Tunisian man armed with a knife and carrying a copy of the Quran attacked worshippers in a French church and killed three Thursday, prompting the government to raise its security alert to the maximum level hours before a nationwide coronavirus lockdown.
    The attack in Mediterranean city of Nice was the third in less than two months that French authorities have attributed to Muslim extremists, including the beheading of a teacher who had shown caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class after the images were re-published by a satirical newspaper targeted in a 2015 attack.

    Thursday’s attacker was seriously wounded by police and hospitalized in life-threatening condition after the killings at the Notre Dame Basilica. The imposing edifice is located half a mile (less than a kilometer) from the site where another attacker plowed a truck into a crowd on France’s national day in 2016, killing dozens.
    President Emmanuel Macron said he would immediately increase the number of soldiers deployed to protect schools and religious sites from around 3,000 to 7,000.
    France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said the suspect is a Tunisian born in 1999 who reached the Italian island of Lampedusa, a key landing point for migrants crossing in boats from North Africa, on Sept. 20 and traveled to Bari, a port city in southern Italy, on Oct. 9. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard did not specify when he arrived in Nice.
    In Tunisia, the anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office said an investigation was being opened on the “suspected commission of a terrorist crime by a Tunisian ... outside national borders,,” the official TAP news agency quoted the prosecutor’s office as saying.
    The French prosecutor said the attacker was not on the radar of intelligence agencies as a potential threat.
    Video cameras recorded the man entering the Nice train station at 6:47 a.m., where he changed his shoes and turned his coat inside out before heading for the church, some 400 meters (yards) away, just before 8:30 a.m.
    Ricard said the attacker was carrying a copy of Islam’s holy book and two telephones. A knife with a 17-centimeter blade used in the attack was found near him along with a bag containing another two knives that were not used in the attack.
    He had spent some 30 minutes inside the church before police arrived via a side entrance and “after advancing down a corridor they came face-to-face with (the attacker) whom they neutralized,” Ricard said.
    Witnesses heard the man crying ”Allahu Akbar” as he advanced on police. Police initially used an electric gun then fired their service revolvers. Ricard said 14 bullet casings were found on the ground.

    Ricard detailed a gruesome scene inside the church where two of the victims died. A 60-year-old woman suffered “a very deep throat slitting, like a decapitation,” he said, and a 55-year-old man also suffered deep, fatal throat cuts. The third victim, a 44-year-old woman, managed to flee the church alive but died at a nearby restaurant.
    Laurent Martin de Fremont, of the police union Unité SGP Police said the man was a sacristan at the basilica.
    .The three were killed “only because they were in the church at that moment,” Ricard told reporters. He said investigators are looking for potential complicity in the “complex” probe.
    An investigation was opened for murder and attempted murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise, a common term for such crimes.
    The attack in Nice came amid a fierce debate in France and beyond over the re-publication of the Muhammad caricatures by satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.
    The French consulate in the Saudi city of Jiddah was also targeted Thursday, a man claiming allegiance to an anti-immigrant group was shot and killed by police in the southern French city of Avignon, and scattered confrontations were reported elsewhere, but it is unclear whether they were linked to the attack in Nice.
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    France’s national police chief had ordered increased security at churches and mosques earlier this week, but no police appeared to be guarding the Nice church when it was attacked, and Associated Press reporters saw no visible security forces at multiple prominent religious sites in Paris. French churches have been ferociously attacked by extremists in recent years. Thursday’s killings come ahead of the Roman Catholic All Saints’ holiday.
    It was the third attack since Charlie Hebdo republished the caricatures in September as the trial opened for the 2015 attacks at the paper’s offices and a kosher supermarket. The gunmen in that attack claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group and al-Qaida, which both recently called anew for strikes against France.
    A verdict is planned for Nov. 13, the fifth anniversary of another series of deadly Islamic State attacks in Paris.
    The recent attacks come amid renewed outcry over depictions of Islam’s most revered prophet — whose birthday was marked in several countries Thursday — and the French government’s fierce defense of the right to publish and show them. Muslims have held protests in several countries and called for a boycott of French goods.
    “With the attack against Samual Paty, it was freedom of speech that was targeted,” Prime Minister Jean Castex told lawmakers Thursday, referring to the teacher who was beheaded after showing his class caricatures of the prophet during a civics lesson. “With this attack in Nice, it is freedom of religion.”
    Macron left for Nice almost immediately and, standing before the basilica, said, “Very clearly, it is France which is under attack.” He added that all of France offered its support to Catholics “so that their religion can be exercised freely in our country. So that every religion can be practiced. ”
    In Avignon on Thursday morning, a man with a firearm was shot and killed by police after he refused to drop his weapon and a warning shot failed to stop him, a police official said. And a Saudi state-run news agency said a man stabbed a guard at the French consulate in Jiddah, wounding the guard before he was arrested.
    While many groups and nations have been angered or frustrated by France’s position on the cartoons, several issued their condolences Thursday, as did France’s traditional allies.
    The French Council of the Muslim Faith called on French Muslims to refrain from festivities marking the birth of Muhammad “as a sign of mourning and in solidarity with the families of victims and the Catholics of France.”
    Turkey’s Foreign Ministry also strongly condemned the attack. “We stand in solidarity with the people of France against terror and violence,” the statement said.
    Relations between Turkey and France hit a new low after Turkey’s president accused Macron of Islamophobia over the caricatures and questioned his mental health, prompting Paris to recall its ambassador to Turkey for consultations.
    Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, said in a tweet: “We strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack in #Nice.” In an apparent reference to the caricatures, he tweeted that “This escalating vicious cycle -- hate speech, provocations & violence -- must be replaced by reason & sanity.”
    The attack in Nice came less than two weeks after Paty, the teacher, was beheaded. In September, a man who had sought asylum in France attacked bystanders outside Charlie Hebdo’s former offices with a butcher knife.
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    French Jewish and Catholic sites have also frequently been targeted, including the killing of the Rev. Jaqcues Hamel, who had his throat slit while celebrating Mass in his Normandy church by Islamic militants and a plot to bomb Paris’ Notre Dame cathedral. Those attacks were claimed by the Islamic State group, which also is believed to have recruited a man now on trial for an unsuccessful plot to attack a church.
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    Hinnant reported from Paris. Associated Press writers Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson and Elaine Ganley in Paris, Zeynep Bilginsoy in Istanbul and Bouazza Ben Bouazza in Tunis, Tunisia contributed to this report.


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    "France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor said the suspect is a Tunisian born in 1999 who reached the Italian island of Lampedusa, a key landing point for migrants crossing in boats from North Africa, on Sept. 20 and traveled to Bari, a port city in southern Italy, on Oct. 9. Prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard did not specify when he arrived in Nice."


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    Immense reconnaissance à toutes nos forces de l’ordre et à cet équipage de la @PMdeNice qui a neutralisé le terroriste. The Mayor thanks the Municipal police who neutralized the terrorist.

    Second Suspect arrested in Knife attack that killed in church attack: Worldwide Muslim Protests against France erupt

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    Anger worldwide against President Macron of France supporting the use of Cartoons as expression of free speech has triggered angry protests and mobs, Al Jazeera reports.
    Tens of thousands of Muslims – from Pakistan to Bangladesh to the Palestinian territories – poured out to join anti-France protests on Friday, as the French president’s promise to protect the right to caricature the Prophet Muhammad continues to roil the Islamic world.
    Protestors hanged images of President Macron, some chanting “World Muslims united,” “Macron will pay a high price,” “Stop Islamophobia,” and “Macron is Satan.”
    Muslim county allies even condemned the stance the West is taking against the killings of those expressing free speech or those who practice Christianity, AP reported.
    “Thursday’s attack in Nice also drew condemnations from leaders of countries that had voiced outrage over the caricatures, such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt.
    Erdogan of Turkey has been very local against what he perceives as Islam phobia in the West.
    European Leadership fired back:
    European Union and European council leadership stood firmly with France and President Macron New Europe reported. “Diplomat Josep Borrell condemned the comments made by Turkish President Erdogan, after the latter questioned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron’s mental health due to Paris’ policy towards Islam and Muslims.
    “The President’s words @RTErdogan with regard to the President @Emmanuel Macron are unacceptable. Call on Turkey to stop this dangerous spiral of confrontation,” Borrell wrote in a Twitter post on Sunday.
    He was referring to a bombastic speech by Erdogan: With subtitles in English)



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    In another tweet, Borrell condemned the heinous acts against the innocent in Nice.

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    EU leaders on the attacks in France: "We stand united and firm in our solidarity with France, with the French people and the Government of France – in our common and continued fight against terrorism and violent extremism." #Nice#EUCO




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    VOA NEWS UPDATE: Knife-Wielding Man Kills 3 in French City of Nice

    Police in France have detained a second suspect in connection with Thursday’s deadly knife attack at a church in the city of Nice.
    The suspect is a 47-year-old man believed to have been in contact with the attacker the night before the attack at Notre Dame Basilica, according to a judicial official, who was not authorized to be publicly named.
    In Tunisia, authorities are reportedly investigating whether a group called the Mahdi Organization carried out the attack. The state news agency TAP reported Friday investigators were also trying to determine whether the group exists and that the probe is based on claims of responsibility on social media.
    Authorities have identified the attacker as a Tunisian national, 21-year-old Ibrahim Issaoui. He was shot and seriously wounded by police Thursday and remained hospitalized Friday in life-threatening condition.
    France 24 added that the attacker had a copy of the Koran, three knives and two mobile phones with him, France’s according to anti-terror prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard.
    The assailant used a 19 centimetre (7 inch) knife to cut the throat of a 60-year-old woman, who died inside the church.
    The body of a man, a 55-year-old church employee, was found nearby inside the basilica — his throat had also been slit. A woman stabbed multiple times dies shortly after.
    By Lisa Bryant VOA News
    French authorities are treating a knife attack that left at least three dead and several injured at a church in the South of France as an act of terrorism.
    Officials say the attack took place Thursday morning at Nice’s Notre Dame Basilica. Two people died inside the church, officials say, with at least one reportedly decapitated. A third person, who was severely wounded, managed to flee the church but died shortly after. 
    EXTERNAL NOTE from France 24:

    • At around 9am on Thursday, an unidentified suspect killed three people and injured several others at a church in central Nice. Two of the victims were killed inside the church and at least one was beheaded, according to a police source. The third victim died while seeking help in a nearby bar.
    • The suspect was wounded by police and has been hospitalised.
    • Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has described the attack as an act of terrorism and said the suspect repeated the words “Allahu Akbar” as he was being treated for his wounds after being apprehended by police.

    Separately, police shot dead a man armed with a knife in the southern French city of Avignon. And in Saudi Arabia, a man was arrested after wounding a guard in front of the French consulate in Jeddah. 
    Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi characterized the attack in his city as a terrorist incident. He said it was again the victim of what he called ‘Islamo-fascism.” He said the suspect, taken to a hospital after being wounded during a police arrest, did not stop saying “Allah Akbar” during his detention. 
    The attack comes as France prepares to enter a new coronavirus lockdown — and after two other recent knifings, also blamed on radical Islamists and linked to controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammed. The knifings include the beheading of French school teacher Samuel Paty outside Paris. 
    More broadly, it appears to mark the latest in a raft of Islamic terrorist attacks to hit France in recent years — including a 2016 jihadist attack in Nice. 



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    President Emmanuel Macron’s recent defense of the cartoons depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad in the name of free speech has sparked protests and boycotts in a number of Muslim countries. Many Muslims are deeply offended by the cartoons. But here in France, thousands of people have rallied in favor of free expression, including several prominent Muslim leaders. 
    France’s National Assembly observed a moment of silence for the latest attack victims, and French Muslim leaders urged the faithful to cancel Thursday’s Mawled celebrations marking the Islamic prophet’s birthday. European and other governments have also sent messages of condolence and condemnation of the Nice attacks.
    NOTE: The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi speaks to all of the Christians of France as Christians are under attack by Islamofacisme.
    https://youtu.be/Z2mG3w1taak

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    À #Nice06 c’est tout le monde chrétien qui a été visé. J’adresse à tous les chrétiens de France et du monde mes pensées.



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    Christian Estrosi
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    Immense reconnaissance à toutes nos forces de l’ordre et à cet équipage de la @PMdeNice qui a neutralisé le terroriste. Le <acronym title="Google Page Ranking"><acronym title="Google Page Ranking"><acronym title="Google Page Ranking"><acronym title="Google Page Ranking">pr</acronym></acronym></acronym></acronym>ésident @EmmanuelMacron a tenu à les féliciter et à les remercier pour leur action. #Nice06#BasiliqueNotreDame







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