France has sustained a series of attacks by Islamic terrorists, leaving three dead. Sun has a good account with lots of photos. The principal violence occurred at a church in Nice:
France is under siege after a woman was beheaded and two others killed in a church by a suspected terrorist and a another gunman was shot dead in a wave of violence.
Two separate suspects are understood to have launched attacks in Nice and Avignon just hours apart amid a furious row over controversial cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in France.
In the most vicious incident, three people were killed in a bloody ramage as a suspected terrorist stormed the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Nice, south of France.
And then police confirmed a man shouting “Allahu Akbar” while brandishing a knife was shot dead 160 miles away in Avignon.
Meanwhile, there have been at least three other incidents as French president Emmanuel Macron described his country as “under attack”.
It was reported a knifeman was caught near a church in Paris after telling his family he wanted to copy the attack in Nice, while another man was arrested while he was about to board a tram armed with a 12inch knife.
Also, a security guard at the French Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed as anti-France sentiment rages across many Muslim nations.
The French President is taking a hard line against the terrorists:
Macron denounced the Nice bloodbath as an “Islamic terror attack” and defiantly said the nation would not “give up on our values”.
The president announced up to 7,000 soldiers will be deployed to the streets across France in the wake of the violence to protect landmarks, schools and places of worships.
France has now raised its alert status to the highest possible level of “terror attack emergency”.
The man who committed the Nice murders, which included decapitating a 79-year-old woman, had just arrived in France:
Police sources named the suspect as Brahim A, a 21-year-old Tunisian who had arrived in Europe just weeks ago.
He landed in late September on the Italian island of Lampedusa, where he was placed in virus quarantine by authorities, before arriving in France this month.
All of this ostensibly has something to do with drawings or cartoons of the prophet Mohammed.