More details are emerging about the knife attack in Nice. Below is a summary of what we know right now.
At least three people were killed in Nice, southern France, in a knife attack at Notre Dame Cathedral, the city’s main cathedral.
Videos posted on social media showed police and military officers reacting to the incident, setting up a march in the city center.
One of the victims had his throat cut open, a police source told CNN. Nice̵7;s mayor had previously described it as a beheading.
Another victim – a man – died after several stab wounds, police sources said.
A third victim, a woman, was injured inside the church, but managed to escape. However, she died in a nearby coffee shop, police sources said.
Nice City Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attacker was shot by police, but is still alive and has been detained.
Estrosi said “everything turns out” the incident was a terrorist attack and the French counterterrorism prosecutor took over the investigation.
He added that the suspect repeatedly repeated the words “Allahu Akbar in front of us” while under medical treatment. “There is no doubt about the culprit of the attack … what his intentions are,” said the mayor.
French President Emmanuel Macron will arrive in Nice late on Thursday, and Prime Minister Jean Castex has promised a “sure” response. The country’s terrorist alarm has been raised to “urgent” after the incident.
A “level of urgency” means “maximum alertness” is required in the event of an imminent threat or immediately following an attack, according to the French government website.
The international leaders have pledged to unite France, with the heads of Spain, Italy, Turkey, Great Britain and the European Parliament among those who condemn the violence. France’s Islamic Faith Council has also condemned the case.
The incident is the latest in a number of attacks on France in recent years, and comes less than two weeks after the beheading of teacher Samuel Paty in Paris. Paty was targeted after he used caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad during a lesson.
Nice had been a horrifying target in the past. In 2016, dozens of people died after an ISIS-inspired attacker plowed a 20-ton truck into a crowd of Bastille Day.