Three people have died after a horrific terrorist attack in Nice, France on Thursday, in what appears to be the third such attack in the country in a month’s time.
Guess radical Islamic terrorists aren’t too concerned about putting aside their diabolical plans of mayhem and murder until after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
A man entered the Notre Dame Basilica armed with a knife and killed two people before fatally wounding a third, who managed to exit the building before dying outside the church. Police are officially treating the incident as a terrorist attack.
“Everything leads us to believe it was a terrorist attack within the Notre Dame basilica,” Mayor of the city of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted out on social media.
Several French media outlets reported that at least one of the victims of the attack was beheaded, mirroring an attack earlier this month in which a French schoolteacher was beheaded by a suspected Islamic radical.
Police captured the attacker soon after the incident, shooting him in the shoulder and transporting him to a local hospital, according to The Guardian. Estrosi said that while the man was being taken into custody, he repeatedly yelled “Allahu Akbar.”
“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,” the mayor said. “Enough is enough … we have to remove this Islamo-fascism from our territory.”
On Oct. 16, an 18-year-old man beheaded French history teacher Samuel Paty outside of the secondary school where he taught. Paty was killed after showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammed to his class for a lesson on free expression.
“Before it was a school professor, this time the Islamo-fascist barbarism chose to attack inside a church. Again, it is very symbolic,” Estrosi went on.
Toward the end of the month of September, a suspected terrorist with a butcher’s knife attacked and seriously wounded two individuals outside the former headquarters of satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. These same offices were part of an attack back in 2015 after they posted a controversial image of the Prophet Muhammed.
The same caricature of Muhammed was used by Paty during a free speech demonstration just before he was killed several weeks ago.
This attack led to the French government beginning a crack down on radical Islamic terrorism. French President Emmanuel Macron also honored Paty as a martyr who died for his belief in French ideals.
This elevation did not go over well with Muslims in Middle Eastern countries, many of them becoming furious with France for the move, accusing them of religious bigotry.