Police have confirmed that three people were killed and several others were injured in a knife attack in Nice. According to unconfirmed reports, a woman was beheaded, while a man was struck several times in the throat.
"There was a knife attack, two people were killed. The suspected attacker was detained," the police wrote on Twitter.
According to local media reports, the perpetrator was shot during the arrest and sent to a hospital.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said a police operation was underway, while Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi said that everything indicates that the knife attack was an act of terrorism.
Je suis sur place avec la @PoliceNat06 et la @pmdenice qui a interpellé l’auteur de l’attaque. Je confirme que tout laisse supposer à un attentat terroriste au sein de la basilique Notre-Dame de #Nice06. pic.twitter.com/VmpDqRwzB1— Christian Estrosi (@cestrosi) October 29, 2020
The incident comes just two weeks after a French teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded on the outskirts of Paris by a radicalised 18-year-old of Chechen descent after Paty showed a cartoon of Prophet Muhammad to his pupils during a history lesson - something which is viewed as blasphemous in Islam.