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JUST IN: Three killed, woman beheaded at a church in French knife attack

By Tunde Gbotemi

A knife-wielding attacker shouting "Allahu Akbar" beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist attack at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday, police and officials said, VOICE AIR MEDIA has gathered.

French policemen and soldiers stand guard a street after a knife attack in Nice. (Photo credit: AFP)

Nice's mayor, Christian Estrosi, who described the attack as terrorism, said on Twitter it had happened in or near the city's Notre Dame church and that police had detained the attacker.


Estrosi said the attacker had shouted the phrase "Allahu Akbar", or God is greatest.


One of the people killed inside the church was believed to be the church warden, Estrosi said. ? The attacker kept shouting "Allahu Akbar" even after he had been detained, Estrosi said. ? 


"The suspected knife attacker was shot by police while being detained, he is on his way to hospital, he is alive," Estrosi told reporters.


"Enough is enough," Estrosi said. "It's time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our territory."


It was not immediately clear if Thursday's attack was connected to the cartoons, which Muslims consider to be blasphemous.


Since Paty's killing, French officials - backed by many ordinary citizens - have re-asserted the right to display the cartoons, and the images have been widely displayed at marches in solidarity with the killed teacher.


That has prompted an outpouring of anger in parts of the Muslim world, with some governments accusing Macron of pursuing an anti-Islam agenda.


In a comment on recent beheadings in France, the Kremlin said on Thursday it was unacceptable to kill people, but also wrong to insult the feelings of religious believers.


While reacting, Police said three people were confirmed to have died in the attack and several were injured.


A police source said a woman was decapitated. French politician Marine Le Pen also spoke of a decapitation having occurred in the attack.



SOLIDARITY

French President Emmanuel Macron is due to visit Nice, Estrosi said.


In Paris, lawmakers in the National Assembly observed a minute's silence in solidarity with the victims.


The French anti-terrorist prosecutor's department said it had been asked to investigate.

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