PARIS/NICE: French police said Thursday at least three people were killed and several others wounded when a man wielding a knife went on a stabbing spree outside a church in Nice.
Authorities had initially confirmed two dead but a police source said a third person had also succumbed to their wounds. The assailant slit the throat of one of his victims before police apprehended him.
Police managed to detain the attacker around 9am and France’s national anti-terror prosecutors confirmed having opened a murder inquiry. The situation “is now under control”, a spokeswoman said.
Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi told journalists near the basilica that the assailant kept repeating the same words “even while under medication”.
“I can confirm everything lets us think this was a terror attack in the Notre-Dame Basilica”, he said on Twitter.