47-year-old man arrested in connection with Nice church attack

47-year-old man arrested in connection with Nice church attack

A 47-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the knife attack in a church in Nice, France, in which three people were killed.

 

The man is being held for questioning and is suspected of having been in contact with the attacker on the eve of the attack, a French judicial source said on Friday.

 

The attacker himself was taken into custody after police shot him 14 times after arriving on the scene.

 

His life was still in danger as of late Thursday, according to France’s chief anti-terrorism prosecutor.

 

President Emmanuel Macron was due to hold a meeting of France’s National Defence Council early Friday in the aftermath of what he described as a “terrorist attack.”

 

The attack came two weeks after a suspected Islamist beheaded a schoolteacher who had shown cartoons of Prophet Mohammed in a lesson on freedom of expression in a Paris suburb.

 

The French Government’s plans for a broad crackdown on Islamism and its fierce defence of the freedom to engage in blasphemy have sparked angry reactions in many Muslim countries.

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