- Apr 23, 2021
French authorities said Monday that the main suspect behind October’s deadly Nice church attack has been handed terror murder charges.
The suspected Tunisian assailant in an Islamic extremist knife attack that killed three people in a French church had a photograph in one of his cellphones of the perpetrator of another attack that shocked France: The killing of a schoolteacher who was beheaded after he showed caricatures of the prophet of Islam to his class, anti-terror prosecutors said Friday.
Police in France questioned four 10-year-olds who voiced support for the beheading of a schoolteacher and who said they would kill their own teacher if he lampooned Islam’s founder, the government reported as the prime minister warned Saturday that Islamic extremists are recruiting in France with “ignorance and hate.”
French bishops conducted a “penitential rite of reparation” inside a church in which three people were murdered in late October.
Churches around France held Sunday services honoring three people killed in an Islamic extremist attack at Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice that pushed the country into high security alert, while police questioned six suspects in the case.
Bishops in the United States and around the world expressed condolences after three people were murdered before Mass Oct. 29 in the basilica in Nice, France.
The attack in Nice on Thursday follows a spate of Islamic extremist violence in France in recent years.
The investigation into a gruesome attack by a Tunisian man who killed three people in a French church had a second suspect in custody Friday, as France heightened its security alert amid religious and geopolitical tensions around cartoons mocking the founder of Islam.