France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex said the country’s threat level will be raised to its maximum after an attack near a church killed three people Thursday in Nice. The city’s mayor described the incident as terrorism.
City Mayor Christian Estrosi stated on Twitter that the knife attack had happened in or near the city’s Notre Dame church and that the French authorities had detained the attacker. A police source informed Reuters that a woman was decapitated.
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Meanwhile in another incident of stabbing in Saudi Arabia, a Saudi man was arrested in Jeddah after attacking a guard with a “sharp tool” at the French consulate on Thursday, Reuters quoted Saudi state TV as saying.
The two attacks come while France is still reeling from the beheading earlier this month of French middle school teacher Samuel Paty in Paris by a man of Chechen origin.