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NYPD Shot Delusional Man Who Threatened With Knife In Queens Home | The State

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A man who appeared to be hallucinating inside a Queens (NYC) house was shot by police after he pounced on them with a knife, according to NYPD.

Officials who held a press conference at the scene last night said it was the second time officers responded to the house yesterday on 64th Street near 55th Avenue in Maspeth, and the third this week after calls about the same man.

NYPD chief Terence Monahan said at the press conference that the unidentified man has a history of mental illness and admitted to police that he had been using drugs.

The shooting happened when the man was inside the basement with a relative around 6:20 p.m. When the police arrive, spoke to the officers for about 10 minutes before lashing out at them with a large knife, according to the official report.

One officer activated a taser pistol at him, while another fired his weapon twice. The wounded man was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition., according New York Post.

NYPD was at the house on January 6 and again yesterday morning. At that time the subject was taken to a local hospital due to his hallucinations and released hours later, shortly before the last incident. Authorities said the victim indicated that he was contemplating suicide, bounded Pix11.

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Survivor of ‘Mid-Michigan’s Ted Bundy’ tells how serial killer held a knife to his throat

A Michigan man who heroically saved his sister from being slain by a serial killer who brutally murdered four women in the late 1970s is speaking out about the traumatic ordeal a year before the man known as ‘Mid-Michigan’s Ted Buny’ becomes eligible for parole.

Randy Gilbert was a 13-year-old boy living in his family home in the Eaton County town of Delta Township in August 1978.

When he came home, he found Donald Eugene Miller, a 23-year-old from East Lansing, violently raping his sister, Lisa Gilbert, who was just 14 years old at the time.

Miller had just finished raping Lisa and had started to strangle her when Randy walked into the house, according to the Lansing State Journal.

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Randy Gilbert (left), 55, and his sister, Lisa Gilbert, nearly died at the hands of Donald Eugene Miller (right), 65, a serial killer who confessed to the murders of four women in the Lansing, Michigan, area in the late 1970s

Miller confessed to killing his former fiancee, Martha Sue Young, 19, on New Year's Eve 1976

Eighteen months later, he killed 27-year-old editorial assistant Marita Choquette

Miller confessed to killing his former fiancee, Martha Sue Young (left), 19, on New Year’s Eve 1976. Eighteen months later, he killed 27-year-old editorial assistant Marita Choquette (right)

Two weeks later, he fatally stabbed Wendy Bush, 21, a Michigan State student

In August 1978, he killed Kristine (Guske) Stuart, 30, a Lansing science teacher

Two weeks later, he fatally stabbed Wendy Bush (left), 21, a Michigan State student. In August 1978, he killed Kristine (Guske) Stuart (right), 30, a Lansing science teacher 

Had Randy not come home to intervene, it is likely that Lisa would have been Miller’s fifth victim, and authorities may not have arrested him.

When Randy walked in during the attack, Miller left Lisa, who at this point was bound and gagged.

‘And then he grabbed me and uh looked at me and says “I’m not going to hurt you”,’ Randy told WLNS-TV.

‘At that point he had a knife to my neck.’

Miller forced Randy to lead him into his bedroom. Randy was then told to lay face down on the ground.

That’s when Miller started slicing Randy’s neck with the knife.

Miller (pictured above in 1978) was arrested two days after he raped Lisa Gilbert in her home in Eaton County, Michigan, in August 1978. During the assault, Randy Gilbert, Lisa's brother, walked into the home. While Miller attacked Randy, Lisa, who was bound and gagged, ran outside and flagged a vehicle for help, eventually leading to Miller's arrest

Miller (pictured above in 1978) was arrested two days after he raped Lisa Gilbert in her home in Eaton County, Michigan, in August 1978. During the assault, Randy Gilbert, Lisa’s brother, walked into the home. While Miller attacked Randy, Lisa, who was bound and gagged, ran outside and flagged a vehicle for help, eventually leading to Miller’s arrest

Randy then managed to knock the knife out of Miller’s hand and a struggle ensued.

Miller then started to choke Randy until he passed out and lost consciousness.

While he was knocked out cold, Randy was stabbed twice in the chest by Miller.

Miller then grabbed the knife and stabbed Randy twice in the chest. Randy suffered a punctured lung and nearly lost his life as the knife just barely scraped his heart.

Fortunately, Lisa managed to escape, her brother recalls.

‘While he was attacking me, my sister was able to get out of the house,’ Randy said.

Lisa, who was still bound and gagged, managed to flag down a car on the street outside her home.

Miller's boyish-looking face and mild manners earned him the moniker ‘Mid-Michigan’s Ted Bundy,’ named after the infamous serial killer who confessed to using his good looks and charm to meet and then murder at least 30 women in the mid-1970s

Miller’s boyish-looking face and mild manners earned him the moniker ‘Mid-Michigan’s Ted Bundy,’ named after the infamous serial killer who confessed to using his good looks and charm to meet and then murder at least 30 women in the mid-1970s

She and her brother were fortunate to survive the attack.

Miller, who was arrested two days later, confessed to killing four other women from January 1977 until August 1978.

Now 65 years of age, Miller, who has been incarcerated at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan, is up for parole this coming August.

In 1979, he was given a 52-year prison sentence after he was convicted or rape and attempted murder.

He managed to avoid a sentence of life imprisonment by leading authorities to the bodies of his four victims. 

In exchange, he received what was considered at the time as a shockingly light sentence.

Miller was a 23-year-old graduate of Michigan State University, where he majored in criminal justice.

Two days after his fiancee Martha Sue Young, a 19-year-old French major at MSU, broke off their engagement, Miller killed her on New Year’s Eve 1976.

Young was declared missing on New Year’s Day 1977, and while authorities suspected Miller to be the culprit, they could not find enough evidence to arrest and charge him.

In June of 1978, Marita Choquette, a 27-year-old editorial assistant at WKAR-TV, went missing after she came home from having dinner with a friend.

Thirteen days after her disappearance, her mutilated body was found in Okemos, a town next to East Lansing, where a farmer was dumping his trash in a woodlot just a short distance from his residence.

That same month, Wendy Bush, a 21-year-old college student enrolled at MSU, was found stabbed to death in a field near Holt.

Two months later, Kristine (Guske) Stuart, a 30-year-old married science teacher, went missing while walking on Fairoaks Court in East Lansing.

Stuart disappeared two days before Miller was arrested for the attacks on the Gilbert siblings for which he was eventually arrested.

After his arrest, Miller confessed to all four killings. Authorities said that Miller managed to cover his tracks.

Now 65 years of age, Miller, who has been incarcerated at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan. He is up for parole this coming August

Now 65 years of age, Miller, who has been incarcerated at the G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility in Jackson, Michigan. He is up for parole this coming August

His boyish-looking face and mild manners earned him the moniker ‘Mid-Michigan’s Ted Bundy,’ named after the infamous serial killer who confessed to using his good looks and charm to meet and then murder at least 30 women in the mid-1970s.

At his trial, Miller claimed that he was insane and was suffering from multiple personality disorder.

Since the start of his incarceration in 1979, Miller has been up for parole numerous times and been denied each time. 

‘Michigan’s Ted Bundy’ was a ‘Bible-carrying boy next door’ who killed women because they ‘rejected him’

Don Miller is pictured in a 1979 photo being escorted into court for sentencing on two counts of manslaughter

Don Miller is pictured in a 1979 photo being escorted into court for sentencing on two counts of manslaughter

Donald Gene Miller was the quintessential boy next door. 

Born and raised in East Lansing, Michigan, he was clean-cut and polite. 

A devoutly religious youth pastor and criminal justice major at Michigan State University, Don played the trombone in his college marching band and was known for his odd taste in attire. 

Martha Sue Young, 19, Miller's first victim who broke off her engagement with him two days before she disappeared

Martha Sue Young, 19, Miller’s first victim who broke off her engagement with him two days before she disappeared

He also had a deadly fear of rejection, was obsessed with the ghost of his dead fiancée, and would eventually be dubbed ‘Michigan’s Own Ted Bundy’ by the media.

Miller’s first victim was his ex-fiancee, Martha Sue Young. 

She disappeared on New Year’s Eve 1976, just two days after she’d called off their engagement. 

After begging Martha Sue to go out with him that night, Donald Miller strangled her to death in his 1973 Olds Cutlass when she told him she didn’t love him anymore. 

He claimed to have dropped her off at home safely after their date, but was the prime suspect in her disappearance from the beginning. 

In the two and a half years between the night Martha Sue went missing and the day Miller led police to her remains in a Clinton County field, he would kill three more times.

A year and a half after Martha Sue disappeared, Miller set his sights on Marita Choquette, a Grand Ledge woman who reminded him of his former fiancée. 

Marita Choquette, 27, an editorial assistant who 'reminded Miller of Young'

Marita Choquette, 27, an editorial assistant who ‘reminded Miller of Young’

The two women were the same height, same weight, and had the same wavy, shoulder-length brown hair and dark-framed glasses. 

Both women were very religious, and attended MSU. 

And both women met the same fate when they rejected Donald Miller. 

He strangled Marita Choquette in his car after taking her to breakfast one morning, then dumped her body in a field out in Holt, where it was discovered by a farmer two weeks after she went missing.

The same day Marita Choquette’s body was found, Wendy Bush disappeared from her Case Hall dorm. 

She too was a religious MSU co-ed who’d gone on a date with Donald Miller. 

He strangled her in the Spartan Stadium parking lot after she turned down his advances. 

Wendy Bush, 21, a Michigan State University student

Wendy Bush, 21, a Michigan State University student

He dumped her body in a ditch in Delta Township near where Our Savior Lutheran Church now stands.

Two months later, the wolf in sheep’s clothing was on his way home from work when he spotted a ghost. 

The petite woman with wavy, shoulder-length brown hair and big, dark rimmed glasses walking down the sidewalk near his home had to be Martha Sue Young. 

He ran her down with his car, then threw her into the backseat and began to strangle her, demanding to know how she was still alive. 

Only once he’d killed the woman did he realize that it wasn’t Martha Sue. 

It was his neighbor, Kristine Stuart, a Lansing school teacher.

Just two days after Kristine Stuart went missing, Donald Miller preyed upon his final victims. 

On August 16, 1978, he attacked a teenage girl in her Delta Township home after gaining entry by knocking on the door and asking to borrow a pencil and paper. 

Unaware that the girl was not alone, he was caught off-guard when her younger brother interrupted the attack. 

Kristine Stuart, a 30-year-old Lansing school teacher. She was Miller's last victim

Kristine Stuart, a 30-year-old Lansing school teacher. She was Miller’s last victim

As he turned his rage on the boy, the girl escaped the house and was able to flag down help. 

Several people saw Miller flee from the home, and he was arrested later that day. Both teens survived.

Miller struck a plea deal with prosecutors that stunned the community. 

In exchange for a shockingly light sentence, he revealed the locations of his victims’ bodies. 

Martha Sue Young, Wendy Bush, and Kristine Stuart were all still classified as missing at the time, and their families desperately wanted closure. 

As a result, serial killer Donald Gene Miller had his first parole hearing just TEN YEARS after his sentencing. 

He has been up for parole several times since then, each time being denied. 

His petition for parole will likely be reviewed again in 2021, when he is 66 years old.

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Fight over a taxi ended in a knife stabbing at New York’s Penn Station | The State

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A dispute in the taxi line at Manhattan’s Penn Station turned so violent that it ended with a man being stabbed in the face by a security guard.

A video recorded by a cell phone obtained by New York Post recorded part of the bloody scene outside Penn Station, while an NYPD officer watched and used his radio.

The raw images they show guard Walter Miller (58) on the ground grabbing the unidentified victim by the hair, while blood drips from the face of the man trying to defend himself.

“Let them fight,” a man is heard saying, while an officer is sometimes seen standing nearby and heard on the police radio. Another sergeant is then seen grabbing the victim and dragging her onto the sidewalk.

The images released yesterday were recorded around 2:45 p.m. Friday, outside 2 Pennsylvania Plaza.

The NYPD charged Miller with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, threat and aggravated harassment. Police did not release the names of the officers involved, but said the incident is under review.

According to the police version, the incident began because Miller apparently believed that the victim had cut the taxi line at the station and confronted him.

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Gwyneth Paltrow plugs bread knife worth a whopping £262 on Goop and it SELLS OUT


Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop is advertising a bread knife worth a whopping £262.

Not only that, it has sold out.

The actress, 48, is urging shoppers to splash out on their cookware this Christmas, promoting the Zwilling knife for the princely sum.

That’s a lot of dough! Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop is advertising a bread knife worth a whopping £262

The knife comes in three sizes – but all are currently unavailable. 

The German-made accessory is made exclusively for the Hollywood star’s site, and is described as having a ‘scalloped serration specifically designed to minimize crumbs and tearing, meaning that you can take on even the crispiest baguette without the crust exploding all over the counter’.

Gwyneth is also plugging another bread knife, but this one’s 1/7 of the price at £37.

Made by Opinel, the N°116 knife – also German – come with an almost identical description.

Slicely does it! The actress, 48, is urging shoppers to splash out on their cookware this Christmas, promoting the Zwilling knife for the princely sum. It has even sold out

Slicely does it! The actress, 48, is urging shoppers to splash out on their cookware this Christmas, promoting the Zwilling knife for the princely sum. It has even sold out

German-made: The knife is described as having a 'scalloped serration specifically designed to minimize crumbs and tearing'

Spot the difference: Gwyneth is also plugging another bread knife, but this one's 1/7 of the price at £37 [pictured]

Spot the difference: Gwyneth is also plugging another bread knife, but this one’s 1/7 of the price at £37 [pictured right]

‘Your bread-baking game has come too far to crush a perfectly crunchy crust with a dull blade. Opinel has your upgrade.

‘A handsome bread knife with a serrated stainless steel blade and a beechwood handle (very handsome hanging out in your knife block).

‘From baguette to boule, you’ll never struggle with slicing again.’

Seemingly keen on baguettes, Gwyneth is also plugging a lamp made out of a French stick.

Light of my loaf: Seemingly keen on baguettes, Gwyneth is also plugging a lamp made out of a French stick

Light of my loaf: Seemingly keen on baguettes, Gwyneth is also plugging a lamp made out of a French stick

X-rated Xmas: Other items on Goop this Christmas include her now-famous £70 orgasm candle, a vibrator necklace for £123, a £12 Vulva colouring book and a vibrator to help those with ­bladder control issues, worth £380

X-rated Xmas: Other items on Goop this Christmas include her now-famous £70 orgasm candle, a vibrator necklace for £123, a £12 Vulva colouring book and a vibrator to help those with ­bladder control issues, worth £380

Going for £160, the bizarre Japanese invention is described as ‘the perfect gift for anyone with a sourdough starter—or a love of whimsical home décor’.

The description reads: ‘This loaf-shaped lamp is made of actual bread (don’t worry, it’s thoroughly coated in resin to prevent any pests from getting at it) and a LED light that radiates a warm, comforting glow in whatever room it’s in.’

Other items on Goop this Christmas include her now-famous £70 orgasm candle, a vibrator necklace for £123, a £12 Vulva colouring book and a vibrator to help those with ­bladder control issues, worth £380. 

Actress turned health guru: Gwyneth is selling an eco-friendly and sustainable sourced handmade bed for £45,000

Actress turned health guru: Gwyneth is selling an eco-friendly and sustainable sourced handmade bed for £45,000

Goop recently raised eyebrows for listing a £45,000 sustainably-sourced bed.

The site is advertising the ‘climate neutral certified’ piece, crafted by bespoke LA-based bedmaker Avocado, online.

The beds, which range in price from £30,000 to £45,000 in total, are made-to-order in three months, with the mattress alone costing a whopping £25,000. 

Online, the piece was described by the starlet as ‘ridiculous but awesome’, with the description reading: ‘Rest assured, this is the trip to the moon of beds.’  

The Goop website reads: ‘We applied incredibly luxurious, ethically sourced GOTS-certified organic materials to a need that’s as essential as food, air, and water: sleep.’

Sweet dreams are made of this: The bed is made of 29 layers of responsibly sourced materials, which are all put together by hand

Sweet dreams are made of this: The bed is made of 29 layers of responsibly sourced materials, which are all put together by hand

Praising the quality of the bed as well as the craftsmanship behind it, it goes on: ‘Its custom support is the result of unparalleled craftsmanship, made using a circular manufacturing process that’s as good for us as it is for the planet. 

‘So if it’s an out-of-this-world experience on a climate-neutral bespoke mattress you’re after, this is it.’ 

The Goop beds are made of 29 layers of sustainably sourced and organic materials, which include pure latex and heritage wool from the Goop farms in India and cashmere from royal alpaca from the Peruvian Andes.

Other layers include coco fiber from the temperate zones of Asia, “non-violent” organic silk and recycled steel coils lashed together.  

Bespoke: The beds are made-to-order to the specification of the client, with 12 craftsmen working on the pieces for weeks

Bespoke: The beds are made-to-order to the specification of the client, with 12 craftsmen working on the pieces for weeks

Meanwhile the frame is made from reclaimed wood, with handmade springs in organic cotton pockets offering the bed support and comfort.  

It takes 12 craftsmen to put on bed together in two to three months with Gwyenth praising the bed as ‘standard-shattering, certified-organic, made-to-order sleep system that beautifully blurs the lines between next-level comfort and sustainability.’ 

Goop, founded in 2008, is known for stocking products that court attention. 

On top of the bed nearing £50,000, Gwyneth is also selling luxury accessories, including £272 sustainable pillows, a cashmere blanket for £1,440, £490 sheets and a £588 duvet cover.



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Expat stabbed to death with fruit knife in Dubai’s Satwa


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Dubai: A Dubai-based Pakistani expat has been accused of murdering his countryman by stabbing him with a fruit knife following a dispute.

The Dubai Court of First Instance was told on Thursday that the victim was with the 24-year-old Pakistani defendant at a residence in Satwa when the incident occurred last November.

Records showed that the victim insulted the defendant, who then went to the kitchen, picked up a small knife used to cut fruit and stabbed the victim in the belly.

A Pakistani driver on record said, “The victim called me saying he had a fight with someone in Satwa. He asked me to take him to Um Al Quwain. He looked tired and under the influence of alcohol, but I didn’t see blood on his clothes. I dropped him at the location. The next day I heard that he had passed away.”

The victim’s roommate in Um Al Quwain testified that it was 10pm when the victim arrived. The victim didn’t have dinner and went to sleep. “I went to work the next morning when he called me asking for a painkiller. Later, I received a call saying that he had died,” said the 36-year-old Pakistani roommate of the victim. Medical reports revealed that the victim had died from internal bleeding in the intestine.

Dubai Police arrested the defendant who admitted to stabbing the victim over a dispute.

Dubai Public Prosecution has charged the defendant with premeditated murder.



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Three jailed for threatening Irish teacher’s family at knife point in Bur Dubai villa


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Dubai: A gang of three expatriates was sentenced to three years in jail for breaking into a Dubai villa for robbery, before threatening the family with a knife and some bars.

A 58-year-old Irish teacher said on record that in August 2020, she was in the kitchen at her villa in Bur Dubai when a gang of three men raided the house and threatened her family at knife point.

The three Pakistani defendants will be deported after serving their jail term. They have been fined Dh1,300 each.

“A masked man stood in front of me. I was shocked and fell to the ground when I saw him carrying a knife. He asked for money and I told him not to harm me,” said the Irish victim in records. She then went outside the kitchen and opened her bag to hand over the money when her two daughters came from the second floor after hearing the commotion.

“I gave them [the robbers] a vase full of coins and they fled the house. They warned us not to call the police, but my daughter alerted Dubai Police,” she added. The 17-year-old Irish daughter of the woman testified that she had heard her mother yell while she was having her breakfast in the living room. She then went to the kitchen to check, when she saw a second masked man holding a bar.

“I asked him not to hurt me. He held my hand when my sister came from upstairs. She gave him Dh400 and my mother gave them the vase containing coins,” said the student on record.

Dubai Police arrived at the villa and saw the mother and her daughters crying.

After investigation, the three Pakistani defendants were traced and arrested in Sharjah. The first defendant admitted to planning the robbery with the other defendants. They bought masks and entered the villa through the main door and threatened the mother and her daughters. One of them threatened the mother with a knife while the other two restrained the sisters.

A fourth defendant, who was the villa’s gardener, is still at large.



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Video Captured Knife Fight by Refusing to Wear a Mask at IHOP Restaurant in Queens | The State



A young man reacted with extreme hostility, brandishing a knife when he was demanded to put on an anti-coronavirus mask at an IHOP restaurant, on Tuesday in Queens (NYC).

Staff told him he should leave after he refused to go inside the Hillside Avenue facility, authorities said. The young man came out, but then He ran back and tried to stab an employee around 2:50 p.m.

While brandishing the knife, he cut the arm of a 40-year-old worker, who later needed seven stitches at a local hospital, he reported. Pix11.

NYPD released a security video, asking for help in identifying the attacker, who was last seen heading west on Hillside Avenue. He is believed to be in his 20s. He was wearing a black hooded sweater, gray sweatpants, and black and red shoes.

Who has information should call at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also via the crimestoppers.nypdonline.org page or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

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JLS star JB Gill attacked and wife threatened with knife in terrifying 3am raid


JLS star JB Gill was attacked as he confronted raiders who broke into his farmhouse in a terrifying 3am raid.

The singer, 33, who is now a farmer, shares his home with his wife Chloe and their two children.

Chloe, 32, was said to be left distraught after being threatened with a knife before the gang of four fled the couple’s £1.5 million home with valuables.

During the confrontation, JB was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance. He was taken to hospital for treatment but is now said to be doing okay.

A spokesman for JB told The Sun : “The family are all well and safe, having increased home security.”

JB was sprayed with a substance and Chloe was threatened with a knife

The publication was told that while the family were “extremely shaken” by what happened, they escaped without serious injury.

They’ve increased security at their secluded home and police are said to be investigating the incident.

It’s also believed officers have informed the National Crime Agency amid fears that it could have been the actions of an organised crime gang who are targeting locals in the area.

A source told the newspaper: “This was a terrifying incident. JB was sprayed in the face and the gang threatened Chloe with a knife.

“He wanted to protect her and their kids but the best way to do that was to ­cooperate with the gang.”

JB has a farm now

The insider added that police and medics rushed to the house and took JB to hospital to be checked over.

He was able to leave later that same day.

JB’s life these days is very different to when he shot to fame on The X Factor as part of boyband JLS in 2008.

They group split in 2013 with an estimated £6m fortune each. They had been due to reunite but their tour was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The family escaped serious injury but were shaken

He took up farming after buying an 11-acre property on the outskirts of London.

He grows vegetables and breeds livestock, including pigs and turkeys.

Speaking once about his farm, he said: “The pop star lifestyle is full-on. You don’t get much time off so I wanted somewhere peaceful I could escape to. Here became the perfect place to relax and recharge.

JLS rose to fame in 2008

“It’s the ideal place for them [his family] to enjoy the British countryside.”

Neighbours have reportedly said there have been a spate of burglaries and car thefts in the area.

Mirror Online has contacted JB’s representatives for comment.





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Terror knife attack in Nice that left three dead was ‘planned and organised from abroad’


The 60-year-old woman who was beheaded in the Nice terror attack was a kind-hearted devout catholic, it has emerged.

Married Nadine Devillers was a regular parishioner at the Notre-Dame-de-l’Assomption church.

Her husband broke down in tears when he confirmed that she had died in such terrible circumstance in a desperate phone call from her friend of 30 years.

Her childhood friend Joelle Guichard told Var Matin newspaper: ‘She was kindness with a capital K.

Devillers (pictured) was a regular parishioner at the Notre Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption Cathedral

Nice terror attack victim Nadine Devillers, 60, is pictured in a photograph before the horrific incident on Thursday. Nadine’s husband broke down in tears when he confirmed his wife had died in such terrible circumstances 

‘We have been friends for 30 years. I heard about the horror in Nice. I immediately thought of Nadine.

‘She lives not far from the cathedral and she is a devout catholic. I took my phone to call her. I saw I had a missed call, it was Nadine’s husband.

‘As soon as he picked up the phone, when I heard his sobs, I understood. 

‘Is it her?, I asked. ‘”Yes,” he replied. “It is her”.

‘”It’s an absolute nightmare”, he added.’

The two women had grown up in Draguignan, a town in the Var region, west of Nice.

Joelle, added: ‘Nadine left for Nice aged 18. She had a strong and pure heart.’

Security forces guard the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France yesterday

Security forces guard the area after a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice, France yesterday 

Ms Guichard moved to Quebec, Canada, but they stayed in touch with regular phone calls. 

The vicious knife attack at Nice’s Notre Dame cathedral that left three dead was planned and organised from abroad, French investigators believe.

The profile of the attacker, the identity of his contacts and the speed of the attack suggest the atrocity had been planned in advance by committed jihadists, Le Parisien newspaper reported this morning.

It said: ‘After the killings on Thursday at Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basillica, the provenance, profile, contacts and rapid act of the alleged assailant are questioning investigators.’

Meanwhile anti-terrorist police arrested a third man in connection with the atrocity.

The suspect, a 35-year-old from a run-down part of Nice, is alleged to have ‘rubbed shoulders with the perpetrator the day before the attack’, according to judicial sources.

The man was arrested at home in Nice North after 10pm last night.

He is believed to have close links to the 47-year-old who was arrested on Thursday night nearby. 

Yesterday, the Tunisian terrorist’s family revealed the knife attacker had turned to a hermit-like life of prayer following a lifestyle of drink and drugs before the atrocity. 

Brahim al-Aouissaoui, 21, beheaded a 60-year-old woman, slit the throat of sexton Vincent Loques, 55, and stabbed mother-of-three Simone Barreto Silva, 44, to death at Nice Notre-Dame Basilica on Thursday morning.  

In a little over six weeks, Aoussaoui travelled from Tunisia, into Italy via Lampedusa, was taken to the mainland, and released by Italian authorities under deportation order. From there, it is thought he caught a train to Paris, where he stayed for a little over two weeks, before going to Nice and launching his attack

In a little over six weeks, Aoussaoui travelled from Tunisia, into Italy via Lampedusa, was taken to the mainland, and released by Italian authorities under deportation order. From there, it is thought he caught a train to Paris, where he stayed for a little over two weeks, before going to Nice and launching his attack

Nice terrorist Brahim Aoussaoui is seen in a photograph taken at the Italian port city of Bari, where he disembarked from a coronavirus quarantine ship on October 8 - marking his arrival in mainland Europe

Nice terrorist Brahim Aoussaoui is seen in a photograph taken at the Italian port city of Bari, where he disembarked from a coronavirus quarantine ship on October 8 – marking his arrival in mainland Europe

Another image of Aouissaoui is held by his mother in the Tunisian province of Sfax, where she revealed that she had begged her son not to travel to France

Another image of Aouissaoui is held by his mother in the Tunisian province of Sfax, where she revealed that she had begged her son not to travel to France

He was shot 14 times, tasered, and remains in hospital in critical condition.    

Speaking from Sfax, Tunisia, his mother said Aoussaoui had left school and worked as a motorcycle mechanic, at first spending his wages on alcohol and drugs.    

She told the Telegraph: ‘I used to tell him, ”we are poor and you’re wasting money?” He would reply ”if God wills it, he will guide me to the right path, it’s my business”.’ 

But over the last two and a half years he became increasingly religious and isolated.   

‘He prayed [and] went from home to work and back, not mixing with others or leaving the house,’ his mother said. 

His brother Yassine said that Aoussaoui worked harvesting olives in Italy after leaving Tunisia, then went on to France.

On the day before the attack, October 28, he called the family to say he had just arrived in the country and would be sleeping in front of the church – sending a photograph of himself at the cathedral that would be the location of the attack.  

‘He didn’t tell me anything,’ said Yassine. He added that he did not understand how he could carry out the Nice attack so soon after arriving in France. 

The country’s Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that the attacker ‘wasn’t on any of our security watchlists, either French or European,’ and added that France was ‘at war with Islamist extremism… an enemy that is both internal and external’.

Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, receives medical treatment after killing three worshippers

Brahim Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian migrant, receives medical treatment after killing three worshippers

He told RTL radio: ‘We need to understand that there have been and there will be other events such as these terrible attacks.’ 

Mr Darmanin said after a top-level security meeting that 3,500 reserves in France’s gendarme force would be called up to give local authorities a total of 7,000 members of the security forces at their disposal to ensure security.

Some 4,000 additional French troops will also be mobilised from next week to raise the numbers taking part in the ongoing Sentinelle security operation to 7,000, the army confirmed.  

Aoussaoui left his family’s impoverished village of Bou Hajla in Tunisia on or around September 15, according to the country’s judiciary spokesman, having paid smugglers to take him to Europe.

Five days later he landed with 28 other migrants on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, where records show he was placed into a coronavirus quarantine centre. 

On September 25, he was transferred from the centre to a quarantine ship, the Rhapsody, which set sail for the port city of Bari, on Italy’s eastern coast.

The ship moored offshore while the migrants waited out the quarantine, with disembarkation beginning on October 8. Aoussaoui was among those disembarked, with his fingerprints, name, and date of birth noted.

Border officials also took his photograph – which shows him smiling while holding up a card with the number ‘104’ printed on it. It captures the moment Aoussaoui entered mainland Europe.

Officials also carried out background checks, which Italian newspaper Corriere della Serra reports came back clean. They found Aoussaoui had no criminal background, had not tried to enter the country before, and was not on any international watch-list.

Nevertheless, Aoussaoui was deemed to have no legal right to enter Europe, and was served with a deportation order which gave him seven days to leave Italy.

What happened next is now the subject of an investigation. Despite being under deportation order, it seems Aoussaoui was freed by Italian immigration officials. He did not head back to Tunisia, but instead went to France. 

Corriere reports that border officials had split the migrants into three groups – the first was 104 adults who had criminal backgrounds or other reasons for suspicion, who were taken to a detention centre. 

The second, a group of 177, almost half of whom were children, who were placed in shelters. A third group of 104 individuals, of which Aoussaoui was a part, were not sent to a detention centre or shelter – leaving them free to go.

French security sources have also suggested that Aoussaoui was due to be deported, but Tunisia wouldn’t recognise him as a citizen. Amid the confusion, he simply walked out of detention. 

Investigations are now underway in France, Italy and Tunisia to establish the exact chain of events.

From here, Aoussaoui’s movements become less clear. Some time between October 9 and 10, it appears he departed Bari for Paris on a train, allowing him to skirt French border checks.

After arriving in Paris, his movements and contacts are a mystery. But it is thought he stayed in and around the city until October 29, the day of the Nice attack. 

That morning, took an early train to Nice, arriving in the city at 6.30am, according to French investigators. 

He is known to have taken a photo of the Notre Dame basilica – the same church he would later attack – using a phone to send it to his brother back in Tunisia, saying he wanted to spend the night there.

As the church opened at 8.30am he made his way inside before pulling out a 12-inch blade and launching his attack, killing three people in ‘horrific’ fashion. 

ERDOGAN’S INCENDIARY WORDS BEFORE ATTACK

The Nice terror attack came after days of attacks on Macron in Islamic countries over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, led by Turkey’s President Erdogan.

On Saturday, Erdogan launched a broadside at Macron, saying that he needs to undergo ‘mental checks’ for treating ‘millions of members from different faith groups this way’.

At a rally the following day he redoubled his attack, accusing Macron of being ‘obsessed with Erdogan day and night’. 

On Monday, he stepped up his attacks even further, describing European leaders as ‘fascists’ and ‘links in the chains of Nazism’ for what he called the persecution of Muslims in Europe.

Erdogan added that Muslims on the continent ‘are now subjected to a lynch campaign similar to that against Jews in Europe before World War II’.

Singling out Macron, he told European leaders to ‘put and end’ to what he called the French President’s ‘anti-Islam’ agenda.

On Wednesday the row escalated once again, after Charlie Hebdo published a front-page cartoon of Erdogan lifting a woman’s burka to look at her naked backside, while saying: ‘Ooh, the Prophet.’

The cartoon appeared underneath a headline which read: ‘Erdogan: In private, he’s very funny’.

The Turkish leader condemned ‘scoundrels’ for publishing the cartoon and accused the West of wanting to ‘relaunch the crusades’.

‘I don’t need to say anything to those scoundrels who insult my beloved prophet on such a scale,’ Erdogan said, calling it a ‘disgusting attack’.

Turkey has vowed to take ‘legal, diplomatic actions’ in response to the cartoon.

The day after his remarks were published, the attack on the church in Nice was launched.

Since then, Erdogan has not spoken publicly against Macron or France, though his spokesman defended his earlier remarks – while defending the attack.

‘We owe no apology to anyone for expressing our strong opposition to racism and xenophobia,’ the spokesman said. 

The first to die was an as-yet unidentified parishioner in her sixties, a regular at the church who had come to pray first thing in the morning, and who had her throat slit near the church’s font in an attempted beheading. 

The next to die was the church’s 54-year-old sacristan Vincent Loques, who had opened the doors to Aoussaoui and was busy preparing for Mass. He was due to celebrate his birthday on Friday.

Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva, 44, another parishioner, was then stabbed multiple times but managed to escape the church around 8.54am, running to a nearby burger bar where she bled to death

The mother-of-three’s last words to paramedics were: ‘Tell my children that I love them’.

Friends in Brazil said that Silva had been in France for 30 years. Brahim Jelloule, the owner of the restaurant that she staggered to before dying, revealed that his brother first saw Silva covered in blood in the street.

Jelloule, who is a Muslim, said his brother and a staff member dragged Silva inside before going into the church and confronting Aoussaoui, who was still inside an armed with a knife.

The pair fled and called police, who arrived around 9.10am and shot Aoussaoui 14 times as he screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ – God is greatest in Arabic – a phrase he kept shouting even after being sedated.  

Investigators found two unused knives, a Koran and two mobile phones, in addition to a bag with some personal effects. He was unknown to French security services, Mr Ricard told a press conference.

A picture showing Aoussaoui bleeding on the floor and being treated by paramedics after he was shot by police was tweeted by the head of the respected SITE organisation.   

Last night, police arrested a 47-year-old man in Nice who is thought to have had contact with Aoussaoui the day before the attack and may have provided him with a telephone.

Investigators are looking into Aoussaoui’s contacts – trying to determine whether he was self-radicalised, or was directed to carry out his attack by a terror group. 

The attack came just days after Thabat, an al-Qaeda-linked press agency, published a call for Muslims to wage ‘jihad’ (holy war) in France over newspaper Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures of the Prophet.

Prosecutors in Tunisia have also opened an investigation into Aoussaoui’s contacts and life before he left the country, including whether he had links to terror groups.

The country’s top prosecutor has said the 21-year-old was not being monitored by anti-terror forces, but will probe further.

Aoussaoui’s family, speaking from the impoverished Tunisian town of Bouhajla where he lived before going to Europe, said he had been in contact with them since arriving in France.  

From the Tunisian province of Sfax, mother Kmar, her eyes wet with tears, said she was surprised to hear her son was in France when he called upon his arrival and had no idea what he was planning.

‘You don’t know the French language, you don’t know anyone there, you’re going to live alone there, why, why did you go there?’ she said she told him over the phone at the time. 

She said that Aoussaoui had turned to religion and isolated himself in the past two years.

‘He prayed… (and) went from home to work and back, not mixing with others or leaving the house,’ she said.

But before that ‘he drank alcohol and used drugs. I used to tell him: ‘We are poor and you’re wasting money?’ He would reply: ‘If God wills it, he will guide me to the right path, it’s my business’.’

His brother told the Al Arabiya TV network: ‘He told me he wanted to spend the night in front of the cathedral. He also sent me a photo of the building. He phoned me when he arrived in France.’ 

He then told of the family’s shock that Brahim Aoussaoui was responsible for the terrorist attack.

‘What we saw in the images is him, our son,’ they said.

Brahim had struggled to find regular work before leaving the country and did ‘various jobs’, a neighbour said.

Meanwhile the Tunisian judicial spokesman said Brahim had not been classified as a hardliner before leaving the country, and was not known to security forces. He said Brahim had left the country on or around September 14.

The killings, which occurred ahead of the Catholic holy day of All Saints Day on Sunday – and on the day that Sunni Muslims mark the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday – prompted the French government to raise the terror alert level to the maximum ’emergency’ level nationwide.  

VICTIM: Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva, 44, also succumbed to her injuries after seeking refuge in a nearby burger bar. Her last words were to paramedics, who she told: 'Tell my children that I love them'

VICTIM: Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva, 44, also succumbed to her injuries after seeking refuge in a nearby burger bar. Her last words were to paramedics, who she told: ‘Tell my children that I love them’

VICTIM: Vincent Loques, 54, a sacristan of the Notre Dame basilica in the city of Nice, was brutally killed as he prepared for the first Mass of the day after 21-year-old Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church

VICTIM: Vincent Loques, 54, a sacristan of the Notre Dame basilica in the city of Nice, was brutally killed as he prepared for the first Mass of the day after 21-year-old Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church

KILLER'S MOTHER: Kmar (right), the mother of Nice attacker Brahim Aouissaoui who killed three people in Thursday's terror attack, cries at her home in Tunisia last night after being questioned by counter-terrorism police

KILLER’S MOTHER: Kmar (right), the mother of Nice attacker Brahim Aouissaoui who killed three people in Thursday’s terror attack, cries at her home in Tunisia last night after being questioned by counter-terrorism police 

Counter-terrorism police last night arrested a 47-year-old man in Nice on suspicion of being an accomplice to the knifeman and providing him with one of two mobile phones that the attacker was found with. 

The man is believed to have been in close contact with the 21-year-old jihadist on Wednesday, the day before the attack, police sources told French media.  

President Emmanuel Macron, who quickly travelled to Nice, announced surveillance of churches by France’s Sentinelle military patrols would be bolstered to 7,000 troops from 3,000.

Security at schools would also be boosted, he said. ‘Quite clearly, it is France that is being attacked,’ Mr Macron said, and vowed the country ‘will not give up on our values’.

He threw his weight behind the Catholic church, saying: ‘The entire nation will stand so that religion can continue to be exercised freely in our country.’ He also called for ‘unity’ urging people ‘not to give in to the spirit of division’.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin, speaking on French radio on Friday, added that France is ‘at war… against an ideology, the Islamist ideology, which wants to impose its cultural codes, its way of living… through terror.’

He said France was a ‘big target’ for terrorists because it symbolises freedom, secular society, and the rule of law – pointing to the ongoing trial of 14 people charged over the 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine. 

‘Islamism is a form of fascism in the 21st century,’ he added, ‘an extremism that we must fight.’

Meanwhile Eric Ciotti, deputy of the Alpes-Maritime region where Nice is located, said France has now ‘become the preferred target of terrorists’ and the Nice in particular has become a ‘martyr city’. 

Nuns put flowers in tribute to the victims of a deadly knife attack at the Notre Dame church in Nice

Nuns put flowers in tribute to the victims of a deadly knife attack at the Notre Dame church in Nice

A woman puts a candle near a picture of Vincent Loques, sexton of Notre Dame church, one of the victims of a terror attack

A woman puts a candle near a picture of Vincent Loques, sexton of Notre Dame church, one of the victims of a terror attack

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church, in Nice, France

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church, in Nice, France

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church, in Nice

Flowers, messages and candles lie in front of the Notre Dame church, in Nice

A nun lays flowers outside the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica in Nice

A nun lays flowers outside the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice

A man prays next candles and flowers left in memory of the victims of a knife attack in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice

A man prays next candles and flowers left in memory of the victims of a knife attack in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice

Eric Ciotti, President of the Departmental Council of the Alpes-Maritimes and member of Parilament, pays tribute to the victims of a deadly knife attack at the Notre Dame church

Eric Ciotti, President of the Departmental Council of the Alpes-Maritimes and member of Parilament, pays tribute to the victims of a deadly knife attack at the Notre Dame church

Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica's Priest Franklin Parmentier (third left) and right-wing party Les Republicains MP Eric Ciotti (third right) pay homage at the church

Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica’s Priest Franklin Parmentier (third left) and right-wing party Les Republicains MP Eric Ciotti (third right) pay homage at the church

A woman cries as she speaks to reporters in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice

A woman cries as she speaks to reporters in front of the Notre Dame church in Nice

French soldiers patrol near the Notre Dame church the day after a deadly knife attack in Nice

French soldiers patrol near the Notre Dame church the day after a deadly knife attack in Nice

Having spoken to Macron since the attack, Ciotti said he has ‘noted a change in tone from the President.’ 

‘He was very wrong in giving the impression of flattering the different communities,’ said Eric Ciotti. ‘I expect a profound, radical change in policy.’

Ciotti said he has called on Macron ‘to stop all forms of immigration’ and has received assurances that a ‘moratorium on bogus asylum seekers’ will follow shortly.

As part of the ‘change of tone’, Darmanin confirmed that 18 suspected Islamists will be expelled from France in the coming days, in addition to 14 that were expelled after teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded. 

Mourners attended vigils to pay tribute to the victims of the triple killing last night. They lit candles outside the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice and in front of the French Embassy in Berlin. 

There were also tears in Tunisia where the attacker’s mother, Kmar, wept after being questioned by police at her home in Sfax.  

The attack comes amid fury across the Islamic world at President Macron for defending satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, and on the day that Sunni Muslims mark the Prophet’s birthday. 

Several Muslim-majority countries launched campaigns to boycott French products, while protesters burnt the tricolor and posters of Macron at demonstrations in Syria, Libya, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Palestine. 

Also on a day of terror for France:

  • A security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed and wounded;
  • A man armed with a knife was arrested in Sartrouville near a church after vowing ‘to do as in Nice’;
  • An Afghan man was arrested in Lyon trying to board a train while armed with a long knife;
  • Malaysia’s ex-PM said that Muslims have a right ‘to kill millions of French people’ if Islam is insulted;
  • French politicians lined up to demand tougher action against what Nice’s mayor branded ‘Islamo-fascism’;
  • Online jihadists celebrated the triple killing in France and Saudi Arabia yesterday, a report by SITE said

Elsewhere on Thursday a man was arrested around 1pm in Sartrouville, north of Paris, after his father called police and said his son had left home and planned ‘to do as in Nice.’

Police stopped the man in his car near a local church, and Le Parisien reports that he was in possession of a knife. The car was searched, but nothing else was found.

Meanwhile in Lyon, an Afghan man in his 20s was arrested while trying to board a tram carrying a long knife. The man was known to French intelligence services. 

In Avignon, a man armed with a handgun began threatening people in the Montfavet around 11.15am. 

Police rushed to the scene and confronted the man, who refused to drop his weapon. Police then shot the man with a Taser, which failed to stop him, so they opened fire with live ammunition, killing him. 

It was initially thought that the man was an Islamist, and French media reported that he had been shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’.

But it was later revealed that he was a far-Right extremist who belonged to the anti-Islam Identitarian Movement, and had been giving Nazi salutes.  

Meanwhile in Saudi Arabia, a man was arrested after stabbing a guard at the French consulate with ‘a sharp tool’. The attacker was arrested while the guard was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

France’s embassy in Riyadh condemned the ‘attack on diplomatic premises which can never be justified’. 

French diplomats also called on Saudi authorities to ‘shed light on this attack’ and ensure the safety of French people in the kingdom.

‘We call on our colleagues in Saudi Arabia to show maximum vigilance,’ the embassy said after Saudi security forces apprehended the suspect, who is said to be a Saudi national in his 40s.  

The Nice attack happened less than half a mile from where another attacker plowed a truck into a Bastille Day crowd in 2016, killing dozens.

Despite the attack, protests against France and Macron specifically continued on Friday – with thousands of Muslim worshippers leaving Friday prayers in Pakistan and taking to the streets, chanting anti-French slogans and calling for a boycott of French products.  

An estimated 2,000 worshippers celebrating the Mawlid, the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, took to the streets in the eastern city of Lahore. 

Dozens of people furiously stomped on French flags and cried for the boycott of French products. In Multan, a city in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, thousands burned an effigy of French President Emmanuel Macron and demanded that Pakistan sever ties with France.

More gatherings were planned for later Friday in Pakistan, including the capital, Islamabad, where police were out in force to prevent possible demonstrations outside the French Embassy. The atmosphere was tense as police positioned shipping containers to block the roads.

Other protests, largely organized by Islamists, are expected across the region, including in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip.

In Afghanistan, members of the Islamist party Hezb-i-Islami set the French flag ablaze. Its leader, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, warned Macron that if he doesn’t ‘control the situation, we are going to a third world war and Europe will be responsible.’

Forensic officers work at night in front of Notre Dame Basilica in Nice after a terror attack on a Catholic church

Forensic officers work at night in front of Notre Dame Basilica in Nice after a terror attack on a Catholic church

Forensic officers work at night in a coffee shop near Notre Dame Basilica in Nice following an Islamist terror attack

Forensic officers work at night in a coffee shop near Notre Dame Basilica in Nice following an Islamist terror attack

People light candles outside the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica in Nice following an Islamist terror attack

People light candles outside the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice following an Islamist terror attack

Tribute to the victims of the attack on the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice, with mourners holding the tricolor flag by the church

Tribute to the victims of the attack on the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice, with mourners holding the tricolor flag by the church

People mourn as they attend a commemoration for the victims killed during an in a church attack in Nice

People mourn as they attend a commemoration for the victims killed during an in a church attack in Nice

Muslim faithfuls pray at the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille, south-eastern France

Muslim faithfuls pray at the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica in Marseille, south-eastern France

French police officers secure the street near the entrance of the Notre Dame Basilica church in Nice

French police officers secure the street near the entrance of the Notre Dame Basilica church in Nice

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, French Prime Minister Jean Castex and President of Bishops' Conference of France Eric de Moulins-Beaufort talk to the press after their meeting at the Matignon Hotel in Paris

Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit, French Prime Minister Jean Castex and President of Bishops’ Conference of France Eric de Moulins-Beaufort talk to the press after their meeting at the Matignon Hotel in Paris

People mourn as they attend a commemoration for the victims killed during a church attack in Nice

People mourn as they attend a commemoration for the victims killed during a church attack in Nice

People light candles outside the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica in Nice in a vigil to remember the victims

People light candles outside the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice in a vigil to remember the victims

A woman places a candle at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Nice attack, in front of the French embassy in Berlin

A woman places a candle at a makeshift memorial for the victims of the Nice attack, in front of the French embassy in Berlin

‘Eradicate this plague’: French politicians demand action to ‘wipe out Islamo-fascism’ after three die in Nice terror attack 

French politicians lined up to demand tougher action against Islamist terrorism after three people were murdered by a knifeman in Nice. 

The triple murder is the latest in a long line of terror attacks in France in recent years, including the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015 and the beheading of a school teacher two weeks ago after he displayed some of the magazine’s cartoons. 

Nice’s mayor Christian Estrosi said that ‘enough is enough… it’s time now for France to exonerate itself from the laws of peace in order to definitively wipe out Islamo-fascism from our country’. 

One of Emmanuel Macron’s party colleagues called for ‘total mobilisation’ against extremism in what another called a ‘war that the Islamists are waging on our nation’.  

Macron’s prime minister Jean Castex said France’s alert level had been raised to its highest ‘attack emergency’ setting after the violence. 

Within hours of the Nice attack, a gunman had been shot dead by police in Paris while a knifeman was arrested for attacking a guard at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia.  

Speaking in parliament, where he had earlier been talking about France’s new lockdown, Castex said the Nice attack was ‘as cowardly as it is barbaric’.  

French anti-terror prosecutors have opened an inquiry into what mayor Estrosi called an ‘Islamo-fascist attack.’ 

Over the past week, protests and calls to boycott French products have spread rapidly from Bangladesh to Pakistan to Kuwait. Social media has been pulsing with anti-France hashtags.

Muslim leaders, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in particular, have loudly criticized France for what they see as the government’s provocative and anti-Muslim stance. 

French politicians were taking part in a debate on the country’s new coronavirus restrictions when news of the attack reached them. 

They observed a minute of silence before the debate broke up so an emergency security meeting could be held.

After the meeting, Prime Minister Jean Castex moved the threat level from ‘risk of attack’ to the ’emergency level’, meaning threats are imminent. 

Images on French media showed the neighborhood locked down and surrounded by police and emergency vehicles. Sounds of explosions could be heard as sappers exploded suspicious objects. 

The Catholic Church issued a statement, condemning the ‘unspeakable act’ and saying that ‘Christians must not become a symbol to be cut down.’ 

Catholic bishops in France called for all church bells to ring at 3pm in solidarity with the victims, before adding: ‘It is urgent that this gangrene be stopped as it is urgent that we find the indispensable fraternity which will hold us all upright in the face of these threats’ 

Pope Francis was among those leading an outpouring of sympathy, saying: ‘I pray for the victims, for their families and for the beloved French people, so that they can react to evil with good.’

Former French Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande also issued statements, the former condemning an ‘act of barbarism’ and calling on people to oppose ‘the enemies of democracy; while the latter vowed that ‘democracy is our weapon… in the face of Islamist terrorism’. 

Tunisia strongly condemned a deadly ‘terrorist’ attack at the church in Nice and said it launched an investigation after reports the assailant was Tunisian. 

‘Tunisia strongly condemns the terrorist incident in Nice and expresses its solidarity with the government and people of France,’ said a statement from the foreign ministry.

The North African state stressed its ‘rejection of all forms of terrorism and extremism,’ and warned against ‘ideological and political exploitation of religions,’ according to the statement.

Jihadists celebrate Nice terror attack as ISIS and al-Qaeda supporters call for more attacks against France in sickening online propaganda 

Online jihadists celebrated the latest terror attack on France after three people were murdered by a knifeman in Nice on a day which also saw a gunman killed in Avignon and a guard attacked at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia. 

The latest in a long line of violent attacks in France was ‘already being celebrated massively across jihadi communities’ by late Thursday, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring group. 

SITE director Rita Katz said it was ‘hard to recall social media celebration this massive for terrorism’ with jihadists taking to Twitter and Facebook to welcome the latest grisly murders. 

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the violence, but it comes amid high tensions between France and the Muslim world after a teacher was beheaded for showing Prophet Mohammed cartoons to his class two weeks ago.   

Katz said that jihadists were celebrating the attackers ‘freedom of action’ after three violent episodes in the space of a few hours. 

‘These new attacks comes amid a massive and enduring wave of jihadi media condemning France and its cartoonists,’ she said. 

A report by SITE said that jihadists were ‘overjoyed’ by the news from Nice, Avignon and Saudi Arabia.  

Extremists linked to both ISIS and al-Qaeda have seized on the beheading of Samuel Paty earlier this month to incite more attacks against France. 

Katz said that the ‘prospect of co-ordination’ between the various attackers seemed ‘increasingly plausible’, although not confirmed. 

The assailant, who was shot by police and arrested, is reportedly a Tunisian migrant who recently arrived in France via Lampedusa, Italy, according to sources close to the case. 

Condemnation came from US President Donald Trump, UN chief Antonio Guterres, as well as European, Arab and Israeli leaders.

‘Our hearts are with the people of France. America stands with our oldest Ally in this fight,’ Trump tweeted. ‘These Radical Islamic terrorist attacks must stop immediately. No country, France or otherwise can long put up with it!’ 

Democratic White House candidate Joe Biden vowed to crack down on ‘extremist violence’ if elected.

‘Jill and I are keeping the French people in our prayers following the horrific terror attack in Nice – which targeted innocents in a house of worship,’ he said on Twitter.

‘A Biden-Harris administration will work with our allies and partners to prevent extremist violence in all forms.’

Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his condolences to French President Emmanuel Macron and families of the victims of the attack in Nice. 

In a telegram quoted by the Kremlin, Putin called the attack ‘a cynical and a cruel crime inside a church’ and said that ‘the notions of human morals are absolutely alien to terrorists.’ 

Saudi Arabia ‘strongly condemned’ deadly stabbings Thursday in the French city of Nice, which authorities are investigating as the latest terrorist attack in France.

A knife-wielding man killed three people at a church in Nice on Thursday, slitting the throat of at least one of them, in an attack that triggered global shock.

‘We strongly condemn and denounce the terrorist attack that occurred… in Nice, France, which resulted in the death and injury of a number of people,’ the Saudi foreign ministry said on Twitter.

‘We reiterate the kingdom’s categorical rejection of such extremist acts that are inconsistent with all religions, human beliefs and common sense, and we affirm the importance of rejecting practices that generate hatred, violence and extremism.’

The French Council of Muslim Worship also issued a statement strongly condemning the attack.

‘As a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims and their relatives, I call on the Muslims of France to cancel all the festivities of the Mawlid feast,’ which takes place on October 28 and 29. 

The attack is just the latest to strike France, after history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded in another attack north of Paris.

Paty was stabbed by an 18-year-old Chechen after he showed the cartoons to his students during a lesson on free speech. 

A woman, believed to be the wife of the church warden (wearing the beige jumper) is seen at the scene of the attack in Nice

A woman, believed to be the wife of the church warden (wearing the beige jumper) is seen at the scene of the attack in Nice

A woman, believed to be a close friend of one of the victims, weeps in front of the basilica after three people were killed

A woman, believed to be a close friend of one of the victims, weeps in front of the basilica after three people were killed

President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice

President Emmanuel Macron visits the scene of a reported knife attack at Notre Dame church in Nice

Three people have died after a knifeman attacked the Notre Dame basilica in Nice, before he was shot by police

Three people have died after a knifeman attacked the Notre Dame basilica in Nice, before he was shot by police

French coroners carry out the body of one of the three people killed at the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica in Nice

French coroners carry out the body of one of the three people killed at the Notre-Dame de l’Assomption Basilica in Nice

Police storm the basilica

Police storm the basilica

Police swarmed the area around 9am, running into the church before the attacker was shot and arrested. Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attacker kept shouting Allahu Akbar even after being medicated

French politicians were taking part in a coronavirus lockdown debate when the news reached them - and held a minute of silence in the chamber (pictured)

French politicians were taking part in a coronavirus lockdown debate when the news reached them – and held a minute of silence in the chamber (pictured)

General view of the Black Carpet to pay tribute to victims of the attack in Nice at the Cannes Festival

General view of the Black Carpet to pay tribute to victims of the attack in Nice at the Cannes Festival

Players and referees at the OGC Nice v Hapoel Be'er Sheva game in Allianz Riviera, Nice, line up before the match in a minute silence to commemorate the victims of the Nice killings

Players and referees at the OGC Nice v Hapoel Be’er Sheva game in Allianz Riviera, Nice, line up before the match in a minute silence to commemorate the victims of the Nice killings 

Parents of pupils at the school had led a campaign against him, before the attack took place. Seven have been arrested. 

Just a few weeks earlier, an 18-year-old Pakistani stabbed a wounded two people outside the old offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Muslims ‘have a right to kill French people’, ex Malaysian PM says 

Malaysia’s former prime minister said that Muslims have a right ‘to kill millions of French people’, shortly after a knife-wielding Islamist killed three people in a deadly terror attack in Nice. 

Mahathir Mohamad, who lost power in Muslim-majority Malaysia in February, claimed that freedom of expression does not include ‘insulting other people’ amid a row over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

The 95-year-old politician said he did not approve of the beheading of a French school teacher for sharing caricatures of the Prophet, but said: ‘Irrespective of the religion professed, angry people kill’.

‘The French in the course of their history [have] killed millions of people. Many were Muslims,’ he said in a tweet which has since been removed for violating the website’s rules.

Mahathir, who has drawn controversy for comments about Jews and LGBT people in the past, went on: ‘Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.’ 

The Malaysian politician said that ‘by and large’, Muslims have not applied the principle of ‘eye for an eye’: ‘Muslims don’t. The French shouldn’t. Instead the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings’. 

Mahathir, who served as Malaysian premier twice for a total of 24 years, said that French President Emmanuel Macron was ‘very primitive’ and ‘not showing that he is civilised’.  

The man has admitted to police that he was targeting the magazine for publishing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also spoke out to condemn the attack, tweeting: ‘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.’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed ‘solidarity’ with France, saying she is ‘deeply moved by the cruel murders in a church in Nice.’   

‘I condemn the odious and brutal attack that has just taken place in Nice and I am with France with all my heart,’ European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen tweeted. 

‘We will remain united and determined in the face of barbarity and fanaticism.’  

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte condemned a ‘cowardly attack’ and said: ‘Our convictions are stronger than fanaticism, hatred and terror. We embrace the families of the victims and our French brothers. We are united!’

Spanish counterpart Pedro Sanchez added: ‘We continue to defend freedom, our democratic values, peace and the security of our citizens.’ 

A harder tone came from Hungary, where populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote that the attack showed clearly ‘that our culture, our way of life and our European values are in the cross hairs of extremist terrorism.

‘We are ready to join forces in order to protect traditional European values and the traditional European way of life,’ Orban added.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who previously governed with far-right ministers, called the murders in Nice ‘a despicable Islamist terror attack.

‘France has our full solidarity. We will defend our values and European ‘way of life’ with all our might against Islamists and political Islam,’ Kurz said. 

It also comes amid mass protests in many Islamic countries against Emmanuel Macron, after the French President spoke up in defence of the cartoons. 

Tweeting in Arabic, he wrote: ‘Nothing makes us hold back, ever. We respect all differences in the spirit of peace. We never accept hate speech and defend rational debate. 

‘We will always stand by human dignity and universal values.’ 

His remarks have prompted demonstrations in Gaza, Turkey, Pakistan and Bangladesh, and boycotts of French products in Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar and Palestinian territories.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has led outrage at Macron, suggesting that he is mentally ill and needs to have his health evaluated.

On Thursday, Ankara said strongly condemned Thursday’s ‘savage’ knife attack in southern France that left three people dead, offering its ‘solidarity’, despite a running diplomatic spat with Paris.

‘We strongly condemn the attack committed today inside the Notre-Dame church in Nice,’ a foreign ministry statement said, while offering condolences to the victims’ relatives. 

Pakistanis take part in a rally for the Mawlid al-Nabi holiday that celebrates the birthday of Islam's Prophet

Pakistanis take part in a rally for the Mawlid al-Nabi holiday that celebrates the birthday of Islam’s Prophet

Pakistanis take part in a rally for the Mawlid al-Nabi holiday that celebrates the birthday of Islam's Prophet

Pakistanis take part in a rally for the Mawlid al-Nabi holiday that celebrates the birthday of Islam’s Prophet

Muslim demonstrators shout slogans as they tear a poster of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Hyderabad, India

Muslim demonstrators shout slogans as they tear a poster of French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Hyderabad, India

Muslims take part in a protest after Friday prayer, calling for the boycott of French products in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims take part in a protest after Friday prayer, calling for the boycott of French products in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims shout slogans against French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest in Hyderabad, India

Muslims shout slogans against French President Emmanuel Macron during a protest in Hyderabad, India

Egypt’s foreign ministry said it ‘stands as a government and people with… France in combatting this hateful incident’. Qatar voiced strong condemnation and reiterated its rejection of violence and terrorism, especially against places of worship and regardless of the motives

The foreign ministry also expressed condolences to the victim’s families.

UN extremism official blasts ‘inflammatory’ Charlie Hebdo cartoons

The head of a UN anti-extremism body expressed ‘deep concern’ Wednesday about growing tensions over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, urging ‘mutual respect’ between people.

The statement by Miguel Angel Moratinos – who heads the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations – follows growing anger in the Muslim world over France’s response to the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils the images as part of a class on free speech.

President Emmanuel Macron has vigorously defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed on free speech grounds, sparking angry protests across swathes of the Muslim world and campaigns to boycott French products.

The UN High Representative ‘is following with deep concern the growing tensions and instances of intolerance triggered by the publication of the satirical caricatures depicting Prophet Mohammed,’ a spokesman said.

‘The inflammatory caricatures have also provoked acts of violence against innocent civilians who were attacked for their sheer religion, belief or ethnicity.

‘Insulting religions and sacred religious symbols provokes hatred and violent extremism leading to polarization and fragmentation of the society.’

Lebanese prime minister designate Saad Hariri voiced his ‘strongest condemnation and disapproval of the heinous criminal attack,’ and urged Muslims ‘to reject this criminal act that has nothing to do with Islam or the Prophet’.

The Islamic world’s anger at France deepened on Wednesday as Turkey condemned a Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing its president Recep Tayyip Erdogan lifting a woman’s burka to look at her naked backside. 

Erdogan called the cartoonists ‘scoundrels’ and accused the West of wanting to ‘relaunch the Crusades’ by attacking Islam after the image appeared on the front of this week’s magazine.  

‘I don’t need to say anything to those scoundrels who insult my beloved prophet on such a scale,’ Erdogan said, calling it a ‘disgusting attack’. 

Erdogan’s spokesman on Thursday deflected blame over the attack in France, saying ‘we categorically deny any effort to associate us with any kind of violence.’

‘We will continue to confront any politician who insults our religion and values. We feel we owe no apology to anyone for expressing our strong opposition to racism and xenophobia,’ he said. 

‘Our President has always called for cooperation against terrorism and extremism. We renew that call while we reject the damaging rhetoric and actions against our religion and culture regardless of its ideological source.’

Showing Erdogan in a T-shirt and underpants, the caricature has Erdogan saying ‘Ooh, the Prophet’ as he looks at the woman’s backside, and comes with the caption: ‘Erdogan – in private he’s very funny’.

A Charlie Hebdo cartoon showing the naked Prophet’s backside was the image which French school teacher Paty showed to his class in the lesson which led to his murder and beheading earlier this month. 

President Macron has staunchly defended free expression and the right to mock religion in the wake of the terror attack, but has become a target of anger in the Islamic world. 

Turkey has vowed to take ‘legal, diplomatic actions’ in response to the cartoon while Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan called for an end to ‘attacks on Islam’, saying the West should be willing to treat blasphemy in the same way as Holocaust denial. 

Meanwhile Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani also took aim at France by warning that insulting the Prophet would encourage ‘violence and bloodshed’. 

Muslims chant slogans after Friday prayer as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Dhaka

Muslims chant slogans after Friday prayer as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Dhaka

An effigy depicting the French president Emmanuel Macron is seen as Muslims chant slogans denouncing him during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh

An effigy depicting the French president Emmanuel Macron is seen as Muslims chant slogans denouncing him during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Bangladesh

Muslims burn an effigy depicting French President Emmanuel Macron as they take part in a protest calling for the boycott of French products in Bangladesh

Muslims hold an effigy depicting French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims hold an effigy depicting French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims hold pictures of the French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Muslims hold pictures of the French president Emmanuel Macron after Friday prayer in Dhaka, Bangladesh

TERROR IN FRANCE: HOW ATTACKS HAVE UNFOLDED OVER FIVE YEARS

An attacker with a knife killed three people and wounded several others at a church in Nice on Thursday, police said.

The terror attack took place less than two weeks after the beheading of middle school teacher Samuel Paty by a man of Chechen origin.

Paty’s attacker said he wanted to punish him for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in a civics lesson.

Here are other attacks that have taken place in France over the past few years:

Sept 25, 2020 – Two people are stabbed and wounded in Paris near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, where Islamist militants carried out a deadly attack in 2015. A man originally from Pakistan was arrested 

Oct. 3, 2019 – Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old IT specialist with security clearance to work in the Paris police headquarters, killed three police officers and one civilian employee before being shot dead by police. He had converted to Islam about 10 years earlier.

March 23, 2018 – A gunman kills three people in southwestern France after holding up a car, firing on police and taking hostages in a supermarket, screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’. Security forces storm the building and kill him.

July 26, 2016 – Two attackers kill a priest and seriously wound another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot dead by French police. Francois Hollande, who was France’s president at the time, says the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

July 14, 2016 – A gunman drives a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice, killing 86 people and injuring scores more in an attack claimed by Islamic State. The attacker is identified as a Tunisian-born Frenchman.

June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabs a police commander to death outside his home in a Paris suburb and kills his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was answering an appeal by Islamic State.

Nov. 13, 2015 – Paris is rocked by multiple, near simultaneous gun-and-bomb attacks on entertainment sites around the city, in which 130 people are killed and 368 are wounded. Islamic State says it was responsible for the attacks. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three others were French.

Jan. 7-9, 2015 – Two Islamist militants break into an editorial meeting of satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7 and rake it with bullets, killing 12 people. Another militant kills a policewoman the next day and takes hostages at a supermarket on Jan. 9, killing four before police shoot him dead.



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Boy, 16, is shot dead by cops after knife attack on police officer in Russia


Boy, 16, screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ is shot dead by cops after knife attack on police officer in Muslim-majority Russian region

  • The boy was armed with a knife and Molotov cocktail at Tatarstan police station 
  • He stabbed a police officer three times before another officer shot him dead 
  • Russian investigators said they were treating the attack as attempted terrorism 

A knifeman shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ was shot dead by police after stabbing an officer and trying to set fire to a police station in a Muslim-majority region of Russia today.

The 16-year-old was armed with a knife and a Molotov cocktail and inflicted multiple wounds on a police officer before being shot dead in Kukmor. 

Local media named the teenage attacker as Vitaly Antopov.  

Russia’s Investigative Committee said it was treating the incident as an attempted act of terrorism and had opened a criminal case. 

Russian news agency Interfax said the man had shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and called police ‘infidels’ during his assault in the region of Tatarstan.

Vitaly Antopov was armed with a knife and a Molotov cocktail and inflicted multiple wounds on a police officer before being shot dead in Kukmor

The attack took place in Kukmor in Russia's Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan

The attack took place in Kukmor in Russia’s Muslim-majority region of Tatarstan 

Investigators said the teenager had tried to set fire to a district police building and stabbed the police officer while being arrested. 

He is said to have screamed ‘I am going to kill you all’ as he stabbed an officer three times in the hip and arm. 

Another police officer had fired warning shots into the air before being forced to open fire, officials said, saying the teenager had died of his wounds before medics could arrive on the scene.  

The injured officer was stabbed at least three times and taken to hospital but his life was not thought to be in danger. 

Investigators have opened a case into an ‘attempted terrorist act’ and ‘encroachment on the life of a law enforcement officer’, the committee said. 

Antipov was reported to be from the Altai region in Siberia and had a job working in a halal cafe named Barakat.

Its owner Marat Zamaleev had served 14 years for sabotage and the Illegal manufacture of weapons. 

Police in Russia shot dead a 16-year-old teenager in the Muslim-majority Tatarstan region (file photo) after he stabbed an officer and tried to set fire to a local police station

Police in Russia shot dead a 16-year-old teenager in the Muslim-majority Tatarstan region (file photo) after he stabbed an officer and tried to set fire to a local police station



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