The man suspected of committing the terrorist attack in Nice would be a 21-year-old Tunisian. The African country launched an investigation on this Thursday evening.
The man would have arrived in Europe in September as a migrant on the Italian island of Lampedusa. After a period of quarantine, he was released with the message that he had to leave Italy, after which he arrived in France in October.
At the Notre-Dame of Nice, at least three people were killed. They were stabbed around 9: 00 a.m. on Thursday morning, after which the killer was shot. French media reported that six were also injured and that one victim was beheaded, but that was not confirmed by the authorities.
The whole of France has moved to the highest level of threat due to the terrorist attack, according to Prime Minister Jean Castex at a press conference on Thursday. This will enable the public authorities throughout France to take more security measures.
Later in the evening, at 9: 00 p.m., The French counterterrorism prosecutor is holding another press moment. It is not clear whether or not some measures will be announced.
It was not only in Nice that there was an incident. In the French city of Avignon, two hours after the attack, a man was shot dead who had threatened passers-by with a knife. It would have been a confused man who was seeing a psychiatrist and had incoherent thoughts.
In addition, an Afghan man was arrested in Lyon, wearing a djellaba and combat clothing, while armed with a knife 30 centimetres long. Finally, a guard of the French consulate in the Saudi city of Djedda was stabbed. He was hospitalized.
European leaders say they are “shocked” by the attacks in and against France. In a joint declaration, they talk about ‘terrorist attacks’ and show solidarity with France.
“We call upon leaders from all over the world to work towards dialogue and understanding between communities and religions, rather than division.”
Prime Minister Mark Rutte also responded briefly to the attack in France.
“For the second time in a short time, France is startled by a horrific act of terror, this time in Nice. Our thoughts go out to the next of kin. And we say to the French people: you are not alone in the fight against extremism. The Netherlands is next to you.”