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Paris: Three people were killed, one of them at least a man, and others were injured Thursday in Nice, southeastern France, by a person carrying a knife, and he was arrested, according to a government source, while the Anti-Terrorism Prosecution announced the opening of an investigation into the attack.
A police source told AFP that two people, a man and a woman, were killed in Notre Dame Church, while a third died after being seriously injured in a nearby bar where he had taken refuge.
The Anti-Terrorism Prosecution announced the opening of an investigation into “a killing and attempted murder linked to a terrorist organization and a criminal terrorist gang.” He was entrusted to the General Administration of Internal Security.
The city’s mayor, Christian Estrozzi, told reporters at the scene that the attacker, who was arrested by the police, “was chanting ceaselessly to God is great,” adding that President Emmanuel Macron will soon arrive in the city.
A security source said that the attack took place around nine o’clock (0800 GMT) near Notre Dame Church in Nice.
“The situation is now under control,” said police spokeswoman Florence Gavilo.
And French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan announced in a tweet on Twitter that a “crisis meeting” was taking place.
Estrozzi wrote on Twitter, “I can confirm that everything leads us to think it is a terrorist attack in Notre Dame.”
France has been in a state of security alert in anticipation of terrorist attacks since the attack on the January 15, 2015 Charlie Hebdo magazine, and hearings of the alleged conspirators in the attack are underway.
A series of jihadist attacks in France, often carried out by attackers called “lone wolves”, have killed more than 250 people since 2015.
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