One woman was reportedly decapitated and two other people were stabbed to death on Thursday following a knife attack at a church in the French city of Nice that also left several others wounded, according to multiple reports.
The suspect, believed to be acting alone, was injured during his arrest and was taken to a local area hospital, police said.
An investigation was opened into an attack by the French anti-terrorism prosecutor’s office, reports said. Images on French media showed the neighborhood locked down and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles.
Prime Minister Jean Castex said the country’s threat level will be raised to its maximum after the attack. He also told the French National Assembly that the government’s response to the attack would be firm and implacable.
Mayor Christian Estrosi suggested that the Thursday morning attack seemed to be terror-related, although a motive is unclear at this time. Estrosi said the attacker shouted “Allahu akbar!” — or “God is most great” in Arabic — repeatedly as police apprehended him and that “the meaning of his gesture left no doubt.”
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