Nice attack: Terrorist ‘sent family selfie outside church’ and sat inside before attack – World News

The terrorist in the Nice attack sent his family a selfie outside the Notre Dame basilica before killing three people.

Brahim Aoussaoui, 21, even sat with worshippers for 30 minutes before Thursday’s bloody attack, according to CCTV footage.

Victims Simone Barreto Silva, 44, Vincent Loquès, 54, and a 70-year-old woman were killed inside the Notre Dame basilica in Nice.

It’s understood Aoussaoui arrived in Europe on the Italian island Lampedusa via a migrant boat just weeks before the devastating attack.

He then arrived in the city of Nice at around 6:30am on the day of the attacks via the railway station – where he went on to change his clothes, French prosecutor Jean-Francois Ricard told journalists.



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Yacine (pictured) said his brother Brahim Issaoui sent him a selfie outside the church before the attack

Speaking at their home in the Tunisian town of Bouhajla, Aoussaoui’s family said he had been in regular contact with them since he arrived in Europe.

And they even claim he sent them a selfie outside the Notre Dame cathedral before murdering the three victims.

Aoussaoui’s brother Yacine told Al Arabiya, an Arab media outlet, his brother wanted to spend the night in front of the cathedral.

He said: “He sent me a picture in front of it.



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Gamra, the mother of Brahim Aouissaoui

His family said: “What we saw in the images is him, our son.”

“What we saw in the images is him, our son,” the family said.

CCTV then showed Aoussaoui arriving in the church at 8.30am on the day of the attack and sitting inside for nearly half an hour. 

Armed officers were seen storming the church before he was cornered and shot in the shoulder.



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Gamra said she had been shocked by the events and had no idea why he chose to move to Nice

He allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” – Arabic for “God is greater” – as paramedics treated him before he was taken to hospital.

His own mum Gamra said she had been shocked by the events and had no idea why he chose to move to Nice.

She said: “I said to him 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?”

In 2016 Aoussauoi was convicted of “violence” and using a knife.



Nice attack: Terrorist 'sent family selfie outside church' and sat inside before attack - World News
Suspect Brahim Aoussaoui was taken to hospital and treated for his injuries

Police described the scene as “a vision of horror”, and President Emmanuel Macron said France is “under attack”.

France was put on its highest alert – terror attack emergency – amid the stabbings.

A second man was arrested in Nice on Thursday night suspected of being an accomplice of Aoussaoui.

The 47-year-old is believed to have supplied the suspected terrorist with a mobile phone.



Nice attack: Terrorist 'sent family selfie outside church' and sat inside before attack - World News
Aouissaoui reportedly arrived in Nice on the day of the attacks

It raises the prospect that this was not a “lone wolf” attack and was more highly organised.

The second man was detained by anti-terrorist police in Nice and charged with being an accomplice to knifeman.

After arriving in Nice, President Emmanuel Macron said: “Once again, our country has been hit by an Islamist terrorist attack.

“Once again this morning it was three of our compatriots who fell in this basilica. It is France that is under attack. We will not give in to any spirit of terror.”