Actu monde – GB – Man shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ killed after attacking police as terror strikes France


Police shot dead an assailant who threatened police officers and members of the public with a knife just hours after a similar incident in Nice left three people dead

French police shot dead a man in the tourist town of Avignon after a terrorist attack put the country on high alert

Local police opened fire at 11:15 a.m. local time after the man threatened passers-by with a handgun No further casualties were reported

Officers attempted to knock the suspect out with a lightning grenade first, but opened fire as he continued to charge at them

The incident happened just hours after three people died at Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice on Thursday morning

In another incident, a man was arrested in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, after he attacked a guard with a « sharp tool » in the French consulate in the city

French reports suggest the man had a « psychiatric history » and may have been a mentally ill patient at a nearby hospital

France has raised the security alert for French territory to the highest level, Prime Minister Jean Castex

He also told the French National Assembly that the government’s response to the attack would be firm and relentless

France is still in shock at the beheading at the beginning of the month of Samuel Paty, professor at the French college, by a man of Chechen origin

The attacker had said he wanted to punish Paty for showing students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a civics lesson

It was not immediately clear what the motive for the attack on Nice was, or if there was any connection to the cartoons, which Muslims consider blasphemous

Since Paty’s assassination, French officials – backed by many ordinary citizens – have reaffirmed the right to display the cartoons, and the footage has been widely shown during marches in solidarity with the slain teacher

This has sparked anger in parts of the Muslim world, with some governments accusing French leader Emmanuel Macron of pursuing an anti-Islam agenda

At least two people were beheaded inside the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice around 9 a.m. at the start of the morning service, several others injured

Police reportedly shot at the alleged perpetrator who shouted « Allahu Akbar » as he was arrested and taken to hospital

Two victims – a man and a woman – had been beheaded, confirmed « Both victims were beheaded », said the police spokesman, pointing to « a terrorist attack »

In Saudi Arabia on Thursday state television reported that a Saudi man was arrested in the city of Jeddah after attacking and injuring a guard at the French consulate

The French Embassy said the consulate had been the subject of a « knife attack targeting a guard », adding that the guard had been taken to hospital and his life was not in danger

– An attacker armed with a knife killed three people and injured several others at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police said Here are some other attacks that took place in France:

– October 16 – Teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in the street of a Parisian suburb Paty had shown his students cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a class on freedom of expression, angering some parents muslims

– Two people were stabbed and injured in Paris on September 25 near the former offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where Islamist militants carried out a deadly attack in 2015

– October 3 February 2019 – Mickael Harpon, 45, a computer scientist authorized to work at the Paris police headquarters, killed three police officers and a civilian employee before being shot by the police

– March 23, 2018 – An armed man killed three people in southwestern France after brandishing a car, shooting at police officers and taking hostages in a supermarket

– July 26, 2016 – Two assailants killed a priest and seriously injured another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by police

– July 14, 2016 – An armed man drove a heavy truck through a crowd celebrating July 14 in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring dozens more in an attack claimed by ISIS

– June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan descent stabbed a police commander to death outside his home in a Paris suburb and killed his partner, who also worked for the police

– November 13 February 2015 – Paris has been rocked by multiple bomb and gun attacks on entertainment venues around the city, in which 130 people were killed and 368 injured. Islamic State said he was responsible

– January 7-9, 2015 – Two militant Islamist gunmen broke into the offices of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7 and killed 12 people Another activist killed a policewoman the next day and took hostages in a supermarket on January 9, killing four people before police shot him down

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