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FRANCE ATTACK: UK PRIME MINISTER EXPRESSES SHOCK AND SUPPORT


Prime Minister of the United kingdom Boris Johnson has expressed shock and support to france following an attack at the Notre Dam Basilica which has left three dead and others injured.


In tweet on the Prime Minister's twitter handle, he wrote "I am appalled to hear the news from Nice this morning of a barbaric attack at the Notre-Dame Basilica. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and the UK stands steadfastly with France against terror and intolerance".


Background


Three people have been killed and others injured in what police described as a terrorist attack at the Notre Dame basilica in the southern French city of Nice on Thursday.


A man armed with a knife attacked people inside the church around 9 a.m. local time, killing a woman and a man, French police confirmed to NBC News.


A third victim, another woman, ran from the church seeking refuge in a cafe, shop but was hunted down and killed, police added. Several others have been wounded, police said.


It comes almost two weeks after an 18-year-old Chechen refugee decapitated a school teacher, who had shown pupils controversial Charlie Hebdo caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad during a civics class debate on freedom of expression. The caricatures are considered blasphemous by Muslims.


The scene of the attack in central Nice was also not far from the site of the 2016 truck attack on Bastille Day crowds, who were celebrating along the city's famous tree-lined Promenade des Anglais that looks out on the Mediterranean.  The attack killed dozens.


The police confirmed that the incident was being treated as a terrorist attack and that the national anti-terrorist public prosecutor's department is now officially in charge of the investigation.


National and local police are at the scene as well as bomb squads.


Images on French media and from news agencies showed the area cordoned off, as well as a heavy police presence outside the white basilica. French police tweeted that detonations that could be heard were being carried out by authorities but did not give further details.


The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, tweeted Thursday that the suspect had been arrested and that all indicated that it was a terrorist attack inside the Notre Dame basilica in the center of the city.


SOURCE : NBC NEWS



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