‘France under attack’: terrorist attack in a French church leaves three dead, one woman ‘nearly’ beheaded

Yet another terrorist attack in Nice in what appears to be a string of violent Islamist attacks against centuries-old French institutions: first a school teacher beheaded for showing a drawing of Muhammad. Now a Church Sacristan and two church-goers killed savagely for attending service.

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The attack took place in the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilique in Nice, according to le Monde. 

The first victim was an elderly woman who was found with her throat slit and her head “nearly decapitated” according to the French journal Le Figaro. 

The terrorist then went on to stab the Sacristan, the man responsible for officiating the religious catholic ceremony. 

Another woman was severely injured and managed to leave the church and hide in a nearby cafe. She died soon after from her injuries. 

The suspect yelled “Allahu Akbar” while leaving the church. He was shot by police and transported to a nearby hospital. 

A few hours after the Nice attack, another armed individual was arrested in the City center of Lyon. The man, originally from Afghanistan, was dressed in a djellaba was known by the police. 

According to Agence France Presse, the man was holding the knife at a 30cm distance from someone and appeared to be ready to attack

France’s President Emmanuel Macron said shortly after the terrorist attack: “France is under attack”. 

On October 16th, a French teacher was beheaded by an Islamist terrorist for showing a drawing of the prophet Muhammad during a debate on freedom of expression. 

Since the attack, anti-terror forces have been cracking down on radicalized members of the French Islamist community. 

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