A young man from Tunisia attacked and killed three people at a church in the French city of Nice before the police shot him on Thursday, reports said.
The man was shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) and holding a Quran when he attacked worshippers from the church.
The suspect beheaded one of the victims.
Moreover, one of the victims, a 44-year-old woman, was able to escape to a nearby cafe alerting everyone of the incident before dying.
French President Emmanuel Macron raised France’s security alert to its highest level after the attack in Nice.
He also announced he would deploy thousands of more soldiers to protect schools, places of worship, and other important sites.
The Nice attack is the second crime in a month with a similar nature.
Two weeks ago, an 18-year-old decapitated a French teacher, Samuel Paty, from the suburbs.
Paty was murdered within a month after the teacher showed a caricature of Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, during a freedom of speech class discussion.
Anti-terrorist prosecutor, Jean-Francois Ricard, said the suspect is a young man and had arrived in France this month, per Reuters.
According to BBC, the police identified the man as Brahim Aiossaoi.
They added, he traveled illegally from Tunisia to the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Ricard also said that the man had a document from the Italian Red Cross but no other identifying papers, per the Guardian.
Other world leaders like the UK, Egypt, and the US offered its sincere condolences to France and condemned the attack.
Macron Condemns the Attack
President Macron condemned the attack and said that France will not give in to terror.
The president also calls for unity among the French in the face of terrorist threats.
He also offered a message to the people of Nice, saying the city has the “support and solidarity of the nation.”
French Muslims Angered with the Atrocity
French Muslims are angry with the killing that happened in the city of Nice.
According to Al Jazeera, they condemn the crime and denies it is representative of their faith and values.
Twitter user, Fatima Ouassak offered her condolences to the families of the victims in Nice through Twitter.
She also denounced the “hate-makers responsible for the infernal cycle and climate of terror.”
Another twitter user, a French journalist felt “anger, sadness, disgust, a sense of helplessness and injustice” with the incident.
He added the act is inhumane and barbaric.