03:18 GMT25 November 2020
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The judicial counter-terrorism department of Tunisian Public Prosecutor’s Office has ordered an investigation into the alleged existence of the so-called Al Mahdi terror organization and its possible involvement into the recent knife attack in France, the state-run TAP news agency reported on Friday citing an information officer.

    On Thursday morning, a man armed with a knife attacked people in the Notre-Dame de Nice Cathedral. The attacker was able to kill three people — including two by beheading, according to reports — before being seized by the police.

    Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that the attacker kept yelling "Allahu Akbar." The French government designated the incident as a terrorist attack.

    In the late hours of Thursday, French anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard said that the attacker, identified as 21-year-old Brahim Aoussaoui from Tunisia arrived in France on October 9 and was not previously known to intelligence services.

    The assault in Nice was also followed by a disturbing series of violent acts, including a knife-stabbing attempt in France's southeastern city of Avignon and another one at the French Consulate in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah. Probes into those incidents are underway.

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