Third person arrested as fears Nice stabbings were not ‘lone wolf’ attack increase – World News

A third person is under arrest in France in connection with the knife attack in Nice on Thursday, a police source said on Saturday. 

Brahim Aoussaoui is suspected of beheading a woman and killing two other people in a church in the city and is now in police custody.

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

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

On Friday, a 35-year old man, who is a Nice resident, and who is suspected of having met with the assailant the day before the attack, was also taken into custody, a judicial source confirmed.

The third arrest followed immediately afterwards, a police source said.

Brahim al-Aouissaoui is suspected by French police and Tunisian security officials of carrying out Thursday’s attack in Nice

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

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.

Aoussaoui, a 21-year-old Tunisian who was carrying forged Red Cross papers was cornered by armed officers inside the church and shot in the shoulder.

People lights candle outside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice
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Police described the scene as “a vision of horror”, and President Emmanuel Macron said France is “under attack”. 

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

One victim of the attacks was named as Brazilian-born Simone Barreto Silva.

Vincent Loquès was one of the three victims
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The 44-year-old had lived in France for 30 years and had three children, the Brazilian Consulate in Paris has confirmed.

Reports in Brazil claim she had three sons, though her Facebook profile shows two boys and a girl of unknown age.

The other two victims were reportedly beheaded by the attacker’s 12-inch blade.

Another victim, Vincent Loques, 45, was a warden of the Notre Dame basilica.

Simone Barreto Silva also died in the terror attack
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The church officer and an elderly woman died on the spot.

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

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.”

Brahim Aoussaoui
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It’s understood Aoussaoui arrived in Europe on the Italian island Lampedusa on September via a migrant boat.

He then reportedly travelled on to Paris, arriving by October 9 with travel documents from the Italian Red Cross.

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

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CCTV footage then reportedly shows him arriving to the Basilica Notre Dame in Nice at 8:30am, where he stayed for nearly half an hour before launching his attack.

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