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29 oct. 2020 | 12h12 UTC

France: At least three people killed in knife attack in Nice October 29; suspect detained /update 1

France Alerte de sécurité

At least three people killed and multiple injured in a knife attack in the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica in Nice on October 29; localized disruptions likely in near term

TIMEFRAME expected from 29/10/2020, 12h00 until 31/10/2020, 11h59 (Europe/Paris). COUNTRY/REGION Nice

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Event

At least three people were killed and several others injured on Thursday, October 29, following a knife attack in the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica located on rue d'Italie in Nice. The incident occurred at approximately 09:00 (local time) when a perpetrator started attacking victims that were in the church. Police have shot and detained the perpetrator, and the police believe that the attacker was acting alone. The incident is being investigated as a terrorist attack.

Police operations are still ongoing near the Notre-Dame Basilica and localized disruptions are likely in the near term.

Context

Teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in an attack by an alleged Islamist extremist in the northern Paris suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on October 16 after showing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a civics class. The attack prompted the arrest of a number of people linked to the attacker and comments from President Macron about religious rights and freedom of expression in French society. However, the government's response was seen by some communities as Islamophobic and has prompted a number of protests and calls for boycotts of French goods in some Muslim-majority countries.

Advice

Those in the area should monitor developments, anticipate travel disruptions, and heed any directives issued by local authorities. Any suspicious activity should be immediately reported to police.

 

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