A woman was beheaded and two others were killed in a knife attack in the French city of Nice on Thursday. The gruesome beheading took place inside Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice.The assailant was arrested after the attack at the Notre Dame Church.Nice’s mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker.
Estrosi said the attacker had shouted the phrase “Allahu Akbar”, or God is greatest. One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Estrosi saidThe attacker kept shouting “Allahu Akbar” even after he had been detained, Estrosi said. “The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to the hospital, he is alive,” Estrosi told reporters.
“Enough is enough,” Estrosi said. “It’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory.”
The accused was believed to be acting alone, a police official told Associated Press. The reason for the attack is unclear, she said.