On 29 October, three were murdered in a knife attack, one of them is said to have been beheaded, and many more were injured at the Notre Dame Basilica in the French city of Nice. International observers have discussed the growing terrorism threat, what could be causing it and the steps needed to be taken by the international community.
The suspect behind Thursday’s attack in Nice was said repeatedly to shout “Allahu Akbar”, according to the city’s Mayor, Christian Estrosi. French President Emmanuel Macron denounced the incident as an “Islamist terrorist attack” and vowed “the support of the whole nation to the Catholics of france and elsewhere”.
The deadly incident followed the beheading of French teacher Samuel Paty on 16 October by 18-year-old Abdoullakh Anzorov for showing Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils – regarded as blasphemous by the Muslim community.
Terrorism Still Remains a Worldwide Issue
Still, Nice’s local authority has taken the correct action and cleared the immediate area of the attack, acknowledges Dr David Lowe, a senior research fellow at Leeds Beckett University’s Law School and a retired police officer.
“Not just the Nice area but the whole of france will have to be vigilant as the trial of the 14 defendants who assisted in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attack has been ongoing. Although it will have to be confirmed, this may be a motive for this attack”, he suggests.
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