Two dead in knife attack inside French basilica

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 03:40 am (CNA).- An attacker killed two people at a church in Nice and wounded others, the mayor of the French city said Thursday.

The incident took place at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice Oct. 29 at around 9am local time, according to French media.

Christian Estrosi, Nice’s mayor, said that the perpetrator, who was armed with a knife, was arrested by the municipal police.

He wrote on Twitter that two people were killed inside the basilica. He paid tribute to the church’s guardian who he said was “so appreciated by the parishioners.”

In another tweet, he wrote: “I confirm that everything suggests a terrorist attack in the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice.”

The basilica, completed in 1868, is the largest church in Nice, but is not the city’s cathedral.

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, president of the French bishops’ conference, wrote on Twitter that he was praying for Catholics in Nice and for their bishop, Bishop André Marceau.



The attack follows the beheading of a Paris school teacher in an Islamist terror attack earlier this month.

Estrosi said that he had spoken to Emmanuel Macron about the incident and that the French president would visit Nice late morning.

This is a developing story and is being updated.

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