At least three people have been killed and several injured in a knife attack near a church in the Notre-Dame area of Nice on Thursday morning. French authorities claim the perpetrator repeatedly shouted “Allahu akbar.”
The public were asked to avoid the area while a major security operation was carried out by armed police.
The victims have been described by French media as a 30-year old mother, a 45-year-old member of the sacristan who had his throat slit, and a 70-year-old woman who was decapitated.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi confirmed that the alleged perpetrator has been taken into custody. He thanked police for their quick response and said that the alleged perpetrator kept repeating the phrase “Allahu akbar,” during the attack.