Terror Strikes France Again: Three People Killed at a Church

The scene after the fatal stabbings. Credit: Christian Estrosi @cestrosi/Twitter

Three people died on Thursday morning after a suspected terrorist attack at a cathedral in Nice.

Reports say that at least one of the victims was beheaded and several others were stabbed in the knife attack, which began around 9 a.m. local time.

Police swarmed the area, where they shot and arrested the attacker. Police described the scene as a “vision of horror.”

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that everything pointed to a “terrorist attack at the heart of the Notre-Dame Basilica.” He added that the attacker had repeated “Allahu Akbar” several times while he was being arrested and handcuffed by police.

He said a female victim had been decapitated, but he had no details of how the two others were killed.

Estrosi said “We have two people killed inside the church … and a third person who was in a bar facing the church where she had taken refuge. Enough is enough … we have to remove this Islamo-fascism from our territory.”

The attack is just the latest to strike France, after an 18-year-old Pakistani stabbed and wounded two people outside the old offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The man has admitted to police that he was targeting the magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

Earlier this month a French history teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded in another attack north of Paris — also over cartoons of Mohammed.

Paty was stabbed by an 18-year-old Chechen after he showed the cartoons to his students during a lesson on free speech.