A terrorist attack in the French city of Nice is reverberating around the world this morning after a Muslim attacker beheaded an elderly woman and fatally stabbed two more in the city’s Notre Dame basilica:
NY POST – A woman was decapitated and two other people were killed by a knife-wielding “terrorist” who shouted “Allahu akbar!” at a church in the French city of Nice — one of three attacks targeting the country on Thursday.
Mayor Christian Estrosi said on Twitter the vile attack occurred at the Notre Dame Basilica in the Mediterranean city and that police had detained the assailant.
Estrosi described the assailant as a “terrorist” who shouted “Allahu akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great” — repeatedly as police collared him.
“The meaning of his gesture left no doubt,” the mayor said.
Two people were killed inside the church, an elderly woman who was beheaded, and a man whose throat was cut, according to the BBC.
A wounded woman managed to flee to a nearby café , but died of her injuries later, a police source told Agence France-Presse.
No Mass was underway at the time of the attack, but the church opens at about 8 a.m. and “people come in to pray at all hours,” the Rev. Philippe Asso, who serves at the church, told the outlet.
The Muslim jihadi was shot by police:
A video posted online captured the moment police ran inside the church — less than a half-mile from the site where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd, killing 86 people, on July 14, 2016.
“The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to hospital, he is alive,” the mayor told reporters Thursday.
The assailant was believed to have been acting alone and police are not searching for other suspects, a police official said.
It emerged later that someone had managed to sound the alarm with a special protection system set up by the city, the BBC reported.
Daniel Conilh, 32, a waiter at the Grand Café de Lyon near the church, said it was shortly before 9 a.m. when “shots were fired and everybody took off running.”
“A woman came in straight from the church and said, ‘Run! Run! Someone has been stabbing people,’” he told AFP, and dozens of police and rescue vehicles quickly sealed off the area.
Here’s video of police bringing the jihadi into custody after shooting him:
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There were also two other terrorist attacks this morning, one in France and one in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia attacking a French consulate:
A Saudi man was arrested in Jeddah after attacking a guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate, state media reported. The Saudi Press Agency offered no motive for the attack.
“The assailant was apprehended by Saudi security forces immediately after the attack. The guard was taken to hospital and his life is not in danger,” the embassy said in a statement.
And in southern France, police shot and killed a man in Montfavet, near the city of Avignon, after he had earlier threatened passers-by with a handgun, police said. According to radio station Europe 1, he shouted, “Allahu akbar!”
As far as the backstory on this, it was reported last week that France had pulled its ambassador out of Turkey after Erdogan made some nasty comments about French President Macron:
The French leader this month declared war on “Islamist separatism”, which he believes is taking over some Muslim communities in France.
France has since been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by an Islamist radical, avenging the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a class on freedom of expression.
“What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level,” Erdogan said in a speech in the central Turkish city of Kayseri.
“What else can be said to a head of state who does not understand freedom of belief and who behaves in this way to millions of people living in his country who are members of a different faith?” Erdogan added.
I’m not a fan of Macron but I understand him wanting to declare war on Islamism in his country. After all, French leaders have allowed Islamists to infiltrate the country for years, letting them create their own Islamic neighborhoods where police can’t even go anymore. They never assimilated and now the country has a huge Islamist problem.