Thursday, October 29, 2020

Macron says France is 'under attack' after deadly stabbing in Nice

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of the knife attack in Nice on October 29, 2020 © Eric Gaillard, AFP

A man wielding a knife on Thursday killed three people in an attack at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice in southern France. A suspect has been arrested in the attack, which Nice’s mayor has described as an act of terrorism. Follow our liveblog below for real-time updates.

At around 9am on Thursday, an unidentified suspect killed three people and injured several others at a church in central Nice. Two of the victims were killed inside the church and at least one was beheaded, according to a police source. The third victim died while seeking help in a nearby bar.

The suspect was wounded by police and has been hospitalised.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has described the attack as an act of terrorism and said the suspect repeated the words “Allahu Akbar” as he was being treated for his wounds after being apprehended by police.

France’s anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation into the attack.

President Macron visited the scene of the knife attack in Nice on Thursday afternoon.

French lawmakers on Thursday observed a minute of silence to honour the victims in the attack.